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Analysis and comments on The Young Housewife by William Carlos Williams

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Comment 6 of 86, added on April 16th, 2008 at 4:36 PM.

William Carlos Williams uses very specific images in "The Young Housewife"
to reveal not merely a particular circumstance or event, but to also
suggest underlying themes and ideas of his subject matter. For example, he
gives to the reader various real and imagined images, such her moving about
in negligee behind closed doors, or her going about her daily affairs, that
are at once very seductive and suggestive of ideas that supercede their
appearances. These images especially accentuate the young housewife's
naturalness and beauty. However, they are quickly contrasted by a
comparison drawn by Williams of the young lady to a fallen leaf.

fatma dashti from Kuwait
Comment 5 of 86, added on February 25th, 2008 at 5:39 PM.

I didnt understand this peom but as i read the peom over again for the
second time i understood the meaning of this peom...it talks about how a
young housewife becomes a young girl with a broken spirit and an old
soul...captive in her husband house for she uis not able to call it her
own....great peom

Amalia P from United States
Comment 4 of 86, added on December 16th, 2007 at 10:02 AM.

I want to know what the poet want to say in third stanza..

Lee from Korea, South
Comment 3 of 86, added on October 30th, 2005 at 5:42 PM.

The Young Housewife is an easy to read poem, and I really enjoyed reading
it. I think of a young woman that is empowered by her husband when I read
this poem. This woman is frail and unkempt because she is stuck in a house
that she does not call her own because it is called in the poem her
husband's home. She is compared to a leaf that is dried, and when I think
of a leaf that is dried up I feel she may look old and weak from her duties
as a housewife. She is allowed to come out of the house only to call on
the duties that pertain to the home.

Kristine from United States
Comment 2 of 86, added on September 21st, 2005 at 12:43 PM.

While I agree it is a beautiful poem, and it may be easy to read, it is a
very complex read. One must look at the text more deeply to both see the
true meaning and the deeper meaning. The poems implications include that of
boundaries and and to an extent the breaking of a young woman, by her
husband, trying to hold her if not against her will, but by breaking her

Brent from United States
Comment 1 of 86, added on May 22nd, 2005 at 2:10 PM.

This poem is very easy to understand and its a beautiful poem. i really
enjoyed it.

Nikki from United States

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Poet: William Carlos Williams
Poem: The Young Housewife
Added: Feb 20 2003
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Poem of the Day: Dec 9 2005

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