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Analysis and comments on The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams

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Comment 70 of 650, added on July 17th, 2010 at 7:04 PM.
The Red Wheelbarrow

Because poetry is all about the interactive thoughts of the reader and the
'drawing' ability of the writer, every interpretation is valid. I would
like to point out the use of the word "depend" in the first line & how man
(wheelbarrow)is inter-dependent on nature (chicken & rain and soil). The
inter-dependency of all living things represent a cycle of existence. Why
red & white? Red would be the bolder, more vibrant color of roosters and
white, the symbol of innocence & purity (the chicken). Masculinity &
Femininity are also inter-dependent for the existence/continuation of life.
The concept 'wheel' is different than the concept of 'barrow'...likewise
the concept of 'rain' and 'water'. The words themselves depend on each
other to complete the full thought. Williams has 'drawn' a simplistic
rural scene that serves to point out our responsibilities, humility, and
understanding of our existence in the natural world.

Melissa from United States
Comment 69 of 650, added on April 12th, 2010 at 4:13 PM.

I dont understand the poem its to short man

john from United States
Comment 68 of 650, added on April 12th, 2010 at 4:13 PM.

I dont understand the poem its to short man

john from United States
Comment 67 of 650, added on March 9th, 2010 at 6:36 PM.
The Red Wheelbarrow

A child would not write "So much depends upon" nor would they say the
wheelbarrow is "glazed in rainwater" thereby transform its aesthetic. Like
good haiku, this poem says a great deal about life by observing the real in
everyday life.


Rodney from United States
Comment 66 of 650, added on October 21st, 2009 at 4:38 AM.

i really don't get this poem i just thinks it is about like simple things
and he felt motivated to write about a read barrow and chickens lol

unknown 2 u from United States
Comment 65 of 650, added on March 18th, 2009 at 7:22 PM.

I think that this poem is saying that it is the little things in life that
matter. He is giving an example of this by describing a red wheelbarrow
sitting in the rain beside some chickens, and NOTHING MORE!!

Aaron from United States
Comment 64 of 650, added on March 16th, 2009 at 6:24 PM.

meh. i understand that many people think this is a brilliant poem. but it
seems disappointing that of many modern poems, this would seem to be the
epitome of poetic evolution. this is not like cubism, which is actually
difficult to draw. these are words a child could write down. art is all
about practice, passion, and perfection. i'm not about to call a child's
stick figure a work of genius.

kylie from United Kingdom
Comment 63 of 650, added on November 4th, 2008 at 6:00 AM.

It is about one central idea. Williams compresses the smaller images,(the
words in the poem), to create the whole so you can "see it".

David from Canada
Comment 62 of 650, added on October 18th, 2008 at 11:21 AM.

Dear me, al this fuss over a poem which probably the poet had no true
conscious thoughts about (if you're into new criticism).
The Wimsatts and Beardleys, the Fish's and Holland's of this world will
always have their views on whether Art is just Art (objective criticism)and
no more or whether there is only meaning in the response of the reader
(subjective criticism) but I support Iser with his Interactive theory -
there will always be some meaning intended but there are gaps for us to
fill in - the reader is guided to fill these in, so make your
interpretations as you will and don't argue over it! Enjoy it!
Personally I'm open minded on this one -like the idea of the red white and
blue but also love the child walking theory but it's all speculation - i
reckon he just felt that even the bare basic and rural tools have been
particularly useful in making life what it is.

karlene from United Kingdom
Comment 61 of 650, added on February 19th, 2008 at 2:16 PM.

I am an English teacher and so I love symbolism, etc. but people are
reading way too much into these poems, things that aren't there. So much
depends on a wheelbarrow literally and that image is beautiful and simple.
There's nothing else necessary.

Samantha from United States

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Poet: William Carlos Williams
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