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Analysis and comments on April Is The Saddest Month by William Carlos Williams

Comment 3 of 3, added on July 10th, 2007 at 1:31 AM.

I don't totally agree with the comment below this one. While it's true
that Elliot was often purposely obtuse, I'm not sure this poem is a mockery
as much as an addendum to the Wasteland. Clearly the title is meant to tie
the two together, but the content of Elliot's Wasteland seems to mirror the
content of this poem -- a sort of fractured metaphor for distance and
dissociation between people. Moreover, W.C.W seems to make a habit of
employing straightforward language to portray complex metaphor and imagery
-- hence his famous "red wheelbarrow" poem. Surely not all such poems of
his are conscious mockeries of modern poetry's (read: Elliot and Pound's)
often opaque use of language.

Jon from United States
Comment 2 of 3, added on May 14th, 2007 at 11:18 PM.

This is a spoof on TS Eliot's classic poem "The Wasteland." Eliot has a
very superfluous style and his poems are so complex they border on
incomprehensible. TS Eliot's poem starts "April is the cruelest month,"
and then Eliot leads off into all sorts of other stuff. WCW mocks this by
deliberately using very simple language to describe a very unpoetic and
prosaic moment, in direct contrast to Eliot's poem.



fishfood from United States
Comment 1 of 3, added on March 19th, 2005 at 1:00 PM.

I believe this is an ironic sort of twist because of the name of the poem
and the meaning of the poem. April in this poem is about making new
families and teh title contradicts that.

rick from United States

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Poet: William Carlos Williams
Poem: April Is The Saddest Month
Added: May 7 2003
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Poem of the Day: Feb 11 2010


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