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Analysis and comments on Complaint by William Carlos Williams

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Comment 2 of 3, added on February 5th, 2009 at 7:54 PM.

The title suggests the double meaning of the nature of the complaint. That
is, the narrator's complaint of being called away from his own life to
tend to the medical complaint of one of his patients. Initially, he goes
because it is his duty: "they call me and I go." It is a cold night and he
must drive on a "frozen road," but he is a man who lives up to his
obligations> He will not let those he is tending see his annoyance at being
called out. He will "smile, enter and shake off the cold" when he gets
there. Inside his resentment bubbles up. The middle of the poem focuses on
his own interior complaints, but by the end he is kind toward his patient
"picking hair from her eyes" and watching over her "with compassion."

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Comment 1 of 3, added on February 5th, 2006 at 11:36 AM.

this poem was very interesting at first i thought it was a complaint

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Poet: William Carlos Williams
Poem: Complaint
Added: May 7 2003
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Poem of the Day: May 10 2011

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