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Analysis and comments on The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams

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Comment 30 of 180, added on October 22nd, 2005 at 7:35 PM.

I think that this very simple poem is very beautiful with lots of imagery.
But I thought this poem was written after the death of the author's son, a
reflection of sorts.

Danielle from United States
Comment 29 of 180, added on October 17th, 2005 at 4:32 PM.

hi, just wanted to say to Mike Vacha, obviously u are very ignorant for
saying what u said about the red wheelbarrow, second, stupidist is NOT a
word, and second, its actually *the most stupid*, so...correct me if im
wrong, whos the stupid one? if u can't get write correct grammar, maybe you
shouldnt be criticizing anything now huh?

James from United States
Comment 28 of 180, added on October 13th, 2005 at 3:20 PM.

To me, this poem is simply about the unexpected beauty that can sometimes
be found in the simplest and most inconsequential things. Sometimes
something that is absolutely ordinary can be stunningly beautiful. If
you're lucky, you stumble on something like that once in a while and
hopefully have the presence of mind to savor the experience, if only for a
fleeting moment. To me, this poem is about such a moment. The imagery is
very simple and understated, but, at the same time, extremely vivid. When I
read this poem, I can see that rainwashed wheelbarrow as clearly as if it
was sitting in front of me, and I can hear the chickens clucking as they
mill about pecking at the soil in search of bugs and worms. I am there,
savoring that moment along with Williams, and I am grateful that he
preserved it for us with these sixteen powerful words.

Shazzie from United States
Comment 27 of 180, added on October 3rd, 2005 at 9:48 AM.

I have to agree with an earlier comment that this poem is about "a red
wheelbarrow after a rain with chickens around it!" Sometimes a poem is just
a poem. Williams wrote poetic photographs--lovely, concrete, simple. Just
enjoy.

Jane Ellen from United States
Comment 26 of 180, added on September 29th, 2005 at 3:23 PM.

This is the single stupidist piece of lierature I have read in my entire
life. There is no meaning to read into because it is only 16 words. You
cannot successfully put a deeper meaning in 16 words. Everyone should foget
this poem even exists.

Mike Vacha from United States
Comment 25 of 180, added on September 24th, 2005 at 4:25 PM.

this poem is not meant to have a meaning, WCW tired of imagism just wrote
this to fool everyone, stop trying to figure everything out read things for
what they are,, somethings are not meant to have a meaning at all.

bb from United States
Comment 24 of 180, added on July 15th, 2005 at 7:41 AM.

I believe that he made this poem for us to decide what we think. There is
no real reason.

Jimmy from United Kingdom
Comment 23 of 180, added on June 28th, 2005 at 5:30 AM.

What is the question this poem is asking?
I understand the meaning I think But there is a question underlining this
poem. What is the question?

D.Burns from United States
Comment 22 of 180, added on June 16th, 2005 at 11:30 AM.

what we do that the gods cant do is see the world from only our eyes. is
love one baby more than another. is be fearful of a stranger. is not know
what will happen, or what the real story is about. If god's gift to us is
life, maybe our gift back is the world through our eyes.

WCW gives back a moment when he was there, in a yard where the rain cleaned
sky reflects from a puddle in a red wheelbarrow and white hens with mud on
the base of their leg feathers, walk in circles in their peculiar jerky
way.

we get so busy doing and going that we forget the astonishing gift of
BEING. Local abundance does not negate a miracle.

diane from United States
Comment 21 of 180, added on May 6th, 2005 at 12:17 PM.

William Carlos Williams was a rural family doctor in Pennsylvania. His
poems reflect his profession. This poem is based on an event in his life.
He was called to a farmer's house, because the family's five year old
daughter was sick. She bit the tongue depressor when he put it in her
mouth. He and the parents fight to get the cotton swab to her throat. She
has bad strep throat. He tells the parents it's in God's hands now. "So
much depends" means so much hangs. the red wheelbarrow is the girl with
the fever. "glazed with rain water" is the prespiration/sweat from the
girl. The white chickens are angels watching over her. It can also be
looked at as the water from baptism and the chickens being gaurdian angels.

jessica from United States

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Poet: William Carlos Williams
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