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Analysis and comments on The Thing by William Carlos Williams

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Comment 12 of 82, added on May 23rd, 2006 at 11:48 AM.

the thing maybe a phone duhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

lil nina from United States
Comment 11 of 82, added on November 6th, 2005 at 7:48 AM.

i reckon the thing should be an alarm clock which i set up for myself.But
neither i nor any other will be happy to accept it when we have to get up
from the cosy bed !

Quintic from Taiwan
Comment 10 of 82, added on July 16th, 2005 at 3:50 AM.

i believe this poem is either about the opppression of the different
religious institutions or about the stifling traditions and conventions.

Scars from Lebanon
Comment 9 of 82, added on April 15th, 2005 at 10:16 AM.

I think that "the thing" is something that... rings, but it's not for
anyone. It's easy.

What did 50 cent say when he got a sweater? gee...you knit? (g-unit)

Brooke from United Kingdom
Comment 8 of 82, added on March 29th, 2005 at 11:08 AM.

I am the great grandson of William Carlos Williams and I truly believe that
the message he tried to say in "The Thing" is profound beyond words or
human understanding. Although he is not with is now, I am certain that Ol'
Willy would want his legacy to live on through his poetry. We miss you
William Williams.

Bernard Benjamin B. Williams III

Bernard Ben Berket Williams III from United States
Comment 7 of 82, added on March 28th, 2005 at 9:05 PM.

i don't think the poem does not make any sense at all. Eli should not make
comments like that because in a poet's state of mind he is creating an
image that not only tickles the reader's minds but is also real. So The
Thing could actually be anything that Williams saw, perceived something,
and sat down and wrote about it. It just depends on the actual perception
of the writer during the time he wrote the poem.

Robert from Philippines
Comment 6 of 82, added on March 6th, 2005 at 1:16 PM.

Beautiful poem.

I think it is for

when I read this I remembered Frost - "Wood Pile"

like one who takes
Everything said as personal to himself.

A very sweet poem indeed.

Rao from United States
Comment 5 of 82, added on February 11th, 2005 at 9:20 AM.

I do not agree with Eli or Jamie, but as a teacher of poetry, have come to
respect the frustration that Williams sometimes evokes in his readers.
Poetry is supposed to be provocative and make you ask the qwuestion, "so
what?" I have been toying with the idea that "The Thing" may be death. It
may be a phone, or a classroom bell (appropriate in my case), it may be
different for everybody. At least Williams gets a response. My favorite
Williams poems are "The Red Wheelbarrow" and the poems from "Pictures from

Meghan from United States
Comment 4 of 82, added on February 3rd, 2005 at 9:27 AM.

I agree with Eli

Jamie from United States
Comment 3 of 82, added on January 26th, 2005 at 7:33 PM.

This is to eli from italy... you should stop being so rude and leaving
nasty feedback on all these poems at this site. there's no need for you to
cuss and get so upset over a poem. if you want to write about a poem with
you being naked then do it but everyone who visits this site doesn't want
to know!

carol from United States

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Poet: William Carlos Williams
Poem: The Thing
Added: Feb 20 2003
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Poem of the Day: Nov 6 2005

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