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Analysis and comments on The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams

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Comment 8 of 648, added on March 2nd, 2005 at 2:18 PM.

I think it's talking about how people take things for granted. It says "So
much depends on it"....Meaning the farm, but they just leave it out in the
rain by the chickens.

Brittany from United States
Comment 7 of 648, added on February 15th, 2005 at 10:25 AM.

"Through metaphor to reconcile the people and the stones. Compose. (No
ideas but in things.) Invent!"
- William Carlos Williams


Ryan from United States
Comment 6 of 648, added on February 2nd, 2005 at 4:28 PM.

i think this poet is strange. sounds to me like he just writes what ever
he's thinking at the time. so he saw a wheelbarrow that was wet, and it had
some chickens around it. now when it comes to colors symbolizing things, i
dont think so. almost every wheelbarrow i see is red, and almost every
chicken i see is white. but if this dude could be concidered a poet then so
can anyone pretty much. although, they are sorta interesting (his poems).
I'll give him some credit.

Prometheis from United States
Comment 5 of 648, added on January 23rd, 2005 at 12:47 PM.

I agree with Eli that it doesnt symbolize a whole lot, but the poem is not
racist. Williams probably wasnt trying to be politically correct and
thinking that if he included white chickens it would be taken the wrong
way. That was probably just the color of the chickens that he had. My
thought on this poem is that even the simplest things are important and can
be beautiful. Usually when I picture a wheelbarrow, I think of the rusty
old thing that is stashed away in my garage, but this poem shows the true
beauty of such a useful, and (in the poet's time) necessary object.

Silver Moon from United States
Comment 4 of 648, added on January 13th, 2005 at 4:22 PM.

He was talking about a freaking wheelbarrow. It is'nt some devine symbol
from God. I'm sure they depended on it, but they could always buy a new
one. And what's with the freaking chickens. You racists, why white.

Eli from Italy
Comment 3 of 648, added on December 11th, 2004 at 3:08 PM.

i think that the poem is an imagegistic poem it was written for the sake of
words which are just expressing some downtoearth vision with the use of the
japanese flag colors and we should have noticed that the poem is written in
the form of the haiku (japanese poem) the poem has no meaning for
paraphrasing that it

seif al aswad from United States
Comment 2 of 648, added on November 23rd, 2004 at 9:05 PM.

When i first read this poem i tought... tried to think some more and still
could notfigure what williams was talking about. We talked about the poem
in class and started to discuss it and i had an epifiany and loved the
poem. It symbolizes so much, the red wheelbarrow could represent evil-being
red, or it could represent a key part of life. He grew up in jersey, so
back in the 1800's it was farm land and well wheelbarrows were a neccesity.
then the rain was a great thing because back then and not as much now rain
was needed for crops.then there is the white chickens which can represent
purity and goodness, but it also represents the people standing around the
wheelbarrow and not realizing how much depends on the wheelbarrow. the
chickens/people wouldnt be where they were if it werent for the
wheelbarrow. this poem is vary short beu vary deep. -Highschool Student

Kevin from United States
Comment 1 of 648, added on November 16th, 2004 at 6:18 PM.

*I love this poem.:) he he

This really shows that William Carlos williams was an idealistic poet and
used simple ideas and words to bring across very descriptive pictures.

The way this poem is worded shows the deeper meaning greatly, like "so much
depends upon the red wheelbarrow" shows that probably where this man grew
up was in a rural farming area, which in was, Rutherford. This tells that
many people did depend about the wheelbarrow to keep them alive by helping
cultivate their crops.

The way the poem states "glazed with rain water" shows that he meant this
was probabaly right after a rain/shower and that the "glaze" was still
there but probably will not last much longer symbolizing that the dew will
dry and dissapitate along with our temporary depression, sadness, or even

Hope this helped!!! :)

Duckie13 from United States

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