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Analysis and comments on The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams

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Comment 18 of 648, added on April 18th, 2005 at 7:17 PM.

It's not meant to mean anything!!! All it is is a red wheelbarrow after a
rain with chickens around it! Williams is tired of poets dragging out
images, making them so confused that you can't understand what they're
trying to say unless you take a college lit course. (see "The Waste Land")
What you see is what you get in this poem.

Jacob from United States
Comment 17 of 648, added on April 11th, 2005 at 4:57 PM.

what this poem is talking about is society. the red wheelbarrow represents
the workers of society. the rain represents sweat that comes from working
so hard. the chickens represent the upper class that does nothing but stand
watching us work.

Mary from United States
Comment 16 of 648, added on April 11th, 2005 at 9:21 AM.

This is the first time i have ever read this poem and to be honest i was
searching through the internet for the rest of it. I understand its message
and i see where its coming from but its a little too bleak for my liking.
But i suppose the author gets across what he wants to say so i give him
credit for that.

Ness from United Kingdom
Comment 15 of 648, added on April 1st, 2005 at 8:44 PM.

This poem shows a lot of imagery. Some really crap poets simply TELL us
what is happening around him at the time. WCW actually shows us what he's
seeing. Like pretty much everyone, I read this poem and thought "what the
hell??" But my English Writing class at college studied it closer and the
more and more we studied the more the whole class seemed to understand
about GOOD poetry. And I mean, think about it, if any of you live on a
farm, really, so much does depend on the wheelbarrow. The fact that it's
red sets the picture in our minds. And look at the structure of it. Three
words on one line, then just one on the next... it's repeated throughtout
the whole poem. And the simplicity of the language is amazing. I mean you
could look at it saying, "oh, I could've written that!" but the point is,
you didn't.

So think about that!

Beki from Australia
Comment 14 of 648, added on March 31st, 2005 at 10:17 AM.

I'm sure people have said this
but
to me the poem simply says that he is observing the world around him, the
Red Wheelbarrow allows people to move objects from place to place, making
hard farm work easier , that's what depends on the barrow- him and his
family (and the chickens) they also depend on a certain amount of rain for
growth of crops (which i assume is why he isn't negative towards the rain
in anyway) and He is just commenting on how all these things he sees work
together even if they don't know they do (chickens on the wheelbarrow for
grain and the rain for grain etc)

It's simplicity, an observation on the interconnecting web of life

look outside!

xX coralie

Coralie from United Kingdom
Comment 13 of 648, added on March 29th, 2005 at 9:40 PM.

I really don't like this poem, but I think the poet is talking about the
readers. So much does depend on the reader, and Williams only beleived art
was art when people read or looked at the art. This poem is a test for the
reader to see if they can swallow the poem, or have the poem swallow them.

Kasia from United Kingdom
Comment 12 of 648, added on March 17th, 2005 at 9:23 AM.

yeah i read this poem in da 11th grade for my writing class when i 1st read
it i thought "wat da f*ck" but when i read it and read it then i understood
dat it was all about a red wheel barrow n it was so easy because its just
letting da people know how much other depend upon it... well WCW he's
different compare to others n its a good things because all da others write
about is love drama n romance no things need to be different n writing
about things dat arent notiieable.

Jessy from United States
Comment 11 of 648, added on March 9th, 2005 at 11:17 AM.

I had tihs poem to do for my American Lit 202 class in college. I read in
to this poem also. Everyone thinks that a poem is suppose to have a
meaning, but that is not true. My teacher said that all the poem is meaning
about a Red Wheelbarrow on a farm. That is all it is talking about

Katie from United States
Comment 10 of 648, added on March 8th, 2005 at 5:48 PM.

i shouldnt really have 2 say anything about this poem. Its stupid and so
is everyone who likes it. i cant even beleave people left good comments on
it. well at least my class will like this peom b/c they will find it so
stupid it will b funny.

mattmatt123 from United States
Comment 9 of 648, added on March 7th, 2005 at 4:23 PM.

I agree with Brittany, when I first read this poem my first impression was
that it was about how people can take certain things that are actually very
important to them for granted.

Rob from Canada

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Poet: William Carlos Williams
Poem: The Red Wheelbarrow
Added: Feb 20 2003
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