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Analysis and comments on Spring And All by William Carlos Williams

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Comment 4 of 14, added on January 27th, 2007 at 4:46 PM.

This poem used to seem like just another meditation on spring, and, like
Justin, I used to think it was not as concrete or powerful as some of
Williams' best. However, I just read an essay in American Poetry Review
that explains how this poem (and the volume it was written as part of) was
a response to T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land - affirming the power, beauty and
rejuvenating quality of the natural world in contrast to Eliot's bleak,
despairing vision. I think it needs to be read in context, not just in the
context of a resonse to Eliot, but in the context of the collection "Spring
and All."

Ed from United States
Comment 3 of 14, added on December 9th, 2005 at 8:19 PM.

"Spring and All" remains very nebulous in comparisson to other Williams
poems. His use of "-ish" and "-y" as suffixes weakens the power of his
words. The imagery does little to clarify. Maybe winter lacks clarity.
The dreariness of winter leads to a profound clarity in the brigtness of
spring.

Justin from United States
Comment 2 of 14, added on July 20th, 2005 at 2:38 PM.

his use of narrative description really captures the feeling of spring. it
moves quick and the newness of spring is easily found.

Joe widener from United States
Comment 1 of 14, added on December 10th, 2004 at 10:25 PM.

the poet seem to be interested in the visual imagery alot by introducing
lot of conrary colors and by indicating that life has its power to
recreate its self again and again and that what looks familiar in the poem
the first 4 stanzas seems to be talking about abarren arid wintery
weather that seems to indicate the end but the other last stanzas seems to
say that life will recover its powre as a cyclical process and thepower of
living is celbrated very much

seif alawasd from United States

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Poet: William Carlos Williams
Poem: Spring And All
Added: Feb 20 2003
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