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Analysis and comments on The Young Housewife by William Carlos Williams

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Comment 9 of 89, added on March 25th, 2010 at 8:02 PM.

Does anyone see premeditated murder as the topic of this poem? This woman
is behind wooden walls so the narrator cannot see her, yet somehow he knows
that she's there. I think this implies that he's been watching her for a
while. And the next stanza seems to justify my thoughts. "Then AGAIN she
comes to the curb..." The narrator knows that this is her daily routine.
He then compares her to a fallen leaf (leaves mainly falling when they're
dead), so when he runs over the dried leaves with his car, he is imagining
what it would be like to kill her. That smile and nod then totally screams

Markus from United States
Comment 8 of 89, added on October 18th, 2009 at 11:43 AM.

The young house wife may seem like an easy read to some but important
tidbits about the poem are over passed if it not observed properly. This is
a very dark poem about the duality of lust. The first section is about his
dreams, it is how he sees this woman. He tells us she is behind the walls,
meaning he does not see her, so he fantasies about her and he sees her as a
loose woman. The description of the tone, also implies that she is trapped
in this house and is unreachable... except when she comes out to do the
normal chores, he now looks at her as woman who is begging for attention
and is desperate because she of the realization of time and beauty..not
because she is no longer attractive. These lines are written with anger and
show her as desperately vane. He compares her to a fallen leaf not because
of her physical nature, per-say but because of her soul. Notice he did not
say dry leaves until the end...dry would imply old and weak..falling
implies that she is a victim of circumstance. As time passes he lets go of
his obsession with her. The smile is the eerie bit, because he's thanking
her for this "relationship" he been having with her. The flip side is that
the bow and the smile are so common and that's the beauty of this poem. It
is peek into things that people may think but never express. So yeah, the
diction may be simple but its meaning is far reaching.

Lyla K. from United States
Comment 7 of 89, added on January 18th, 2009 at 10:19 AM.

this was an easy poem, the narrator was looking to that women in admiratin
and desire, he was peeking at her without the knowledge of her.
she was free, because she was wearing a neglige at 10 A.M but the freedom
was to a certain limit because the narrator said (the wooden walls) which
suggest the boudries.
that was my simple comment on the poem i'm studying now in my course,and
forgive me 4 any grammatical mistakes

Aliya Mohammed from Kuwait
Comment 6 of 89, 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 89, 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 89, 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 89, 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 89, 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 89, 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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