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Comment 7 of 67, added on November 26th, 2009 at 7:11 AM.
When Tract was written, Dylan Thomas was 2 years old. To call the poem a
direct criticism is surely a bold statement.
Martin from Germany
Comment 6 of 67, added on June 13th, 2009 at 11:39 AM.
The article is usefull for me. I’ll be coming back to your blog.
JaneRadriges from United States
Comment 5 of 67, added on June 6th, 2009 at 10:25 AM.
Hie every body.
I liked the poem very much. There are people who exagerate in celebrating
ocasions.Not for them but for the others.I HOPE THAT WHO HE READS THE POEM
TRY TO LERARN FROM IT
Amel Dekali University of Biskra from Algeria
Comment 4 of 67, added on March 10th, 2009 at 3:35 PM.
The poem “Tract” by William Carlos Williams, on the surface, is a criticism
of an ostentatious funeral (Geddes 37). However, the poem does have a
strong hidden message. “Tract” could very well be a direct criticism of
Dylan Thomas’ “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night”(Geddes 123) and any
other poem like it. In his poem, William Carlos Williams criticizes poets
like Thomas for using too many stylistic formalities, thereby obscuring
their poetry’s true literal content. He also scolds them for placing
themselves into the poetry when, in his view, there really is no place for
them there. Finally, he ends with an offering of recourse for all the poets
On the surface, the narrator in “Tract” is criticizing an overly ornate
funeral. His purpose is to establish a new idiom in which cultural
inhibitions are discarded. This purpose can also be applied to the poems’
hidden meaning; a criticism of Dylan Thomas’ work. When the narrator refers
to his “townspeople,” what Williams might be implying is “my fellow
Comment 3 of 67, added on April 22nd, 2005 at 5:18 PM.
Okay...I understand your view of the poem...but my thesis wasn't that
complicated. Of course, I could pick any poem and say that it's about
life...but...I believe the relations between life and "Tract" are numerous.
And...I'm not in an Ivy League School, I'm a senior in high school.
Lisa from United States
Comment 2 of 67, added on April 18th, 2005 at 7:23 PM.
He is trying to tell poets to keep it simple with their works. Instead of
making things complicated beyond belief (aka "Waste Land") Williams wants
writers to tell it like it is, keep it simple, stupid. Make poetry work
for everyone instead of those with a degree from an Ivy League school.
Jacob from United States
Comment 1 of 67, added on March 17th, 2005 at 9:40 AM.
Is this a good thesis for this poem?
"Tract" is a metaphorical idiom reflecting the needed simplicity in life.
Lisa from United States
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