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Analysis and comments on The Crowd At The Ball Game by William Carlos Williams

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Comment 12 of 22, added on May 26th, 2013 at 2:05 AM.
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Stocks continued their climb into uncharted territory on Friday, racking up
the fourth week in a row of gains as encouraging economic data prompted
investors to buy shares of growth companies.

The Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor¡¯s 500-stock index
finished at highs, driven by gains in energy and industrial shares. The
indexes have pushed to a series of high levels as part of the rally that
has lifted equities more than 16 percent for the year so far.

The Dow Jones industrial average gained 121.18 points, or 0.80 percent, to
close at a milestone 15,354.40. The S.& P. 500-stock index rose 17 points,
or 1.03 percent, to end at a record 1,667.42.

The Nasdaq composite index climbed 33.73 points, or 0.97 percent, to finish
at 3,498.97 ¡ª its highest close since October 2000.

In a sign of how far the market has come, the S.& P. 500 is about 1,000
points above the low it hit in March 2009 in the wake of the credit crisis
and recession.

¡°It¡¯s hard to hold this market down,¡± said Michael Sheldon, chief market
strategist at RDM Financial in Westport, Conn.

Data released on Friday showed Americans felt better about their economic
and financial prospects in early May, with consumer sentiment at its
highest in nearly six years, while a gauge of future economic activity rose
in April to a near five-year high.

¡°If you believe the economy is going to gradually get better and that
global growth will improve, the parts of the market that have not benefited
so far, like cyclicals, will probably be the next group to outperform,¡±
Mr. Sheldon said. Cyclical industries are those that do well when times are
good, like an airline that benefits from more people flying on vacation.

The S.& P. energy sector index gained 0.8 percent, with Exxon Mobil up 1.2
percent at $91.76.

Boeing shares led the S.& P. 500¡¯s industrial sector index higher with a
2.4 percent advance to $98.92, its highest since October 2007. The S.& P.
industrial index rose 1.4 percent.

The rate of growth in the economy has been expected to slow in the second
quarter as tighter fiscal policy started to take effect. But recent
improvements, including in the labor market and retail sales, suggest the
recovery remains resilient.

¡°We are still recovering,¡± said Doreen Mogavero, chief of Mogavero, Lee &
Company in New York, who also noted that the comeback was slow. She added
that markets in the United States, for all their troubles, were ¡°still the
best place to be at this moment.¡±

Earlier in Friday¡¯s session, the Dow touched a high at 15,357.40. For the
week, the Dow advanced 1.7 percent, while the S.& P. 500 climbed 2.1
percent and the Nasdaq rose 1.9 percent.

J. P. Morgan raised its year-end target for the S.& P. 500 to 1,715 from
1,580, implying a gain of just under 3.5 percent for the index for the rest
of the year.

¡°We realize investors are apprehensive about making fresh money purchases,
but we see the risk/reward as particularly attractive in technology, health
care and financials,¡± said the client note from Thomas Lee, J. P.
Morgan¡¯s United States equity strategist.

J. C. Penney shares lost 4.2 percent to $18.01 after the retailer reported
another steep quarterly loss on weak sales and heavy clearance deals, and
the chief executive, Myron Ullman, cautioned that he needed time to fix the
company¡¯s problems.

Tableau Software, a maker of data analysis software, surged in its first
day of trading as investors bet the rising interest in Big Data would drive
its growth. Tableau surged 64 percent to $50.75.

The price of the benchmark 10-year Treasury note fell 22/32 to 98 5/32,
increasing the yield to 1.95, from 1.88 on Thursday.

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Comment 11 of 22, added on December 19th, 2009 at 12:00 AM.

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Comment 10 of 22, added on April 4th, 2008 at 7:28 AM.

I just like to say "Taquantatanta Lamauntafanta".

Mr Mac from United States
Comment 9 of 22, added on April 3rd, 2008 at 4:12 PM.

This poem reminds me of Julius Caesar's rise to power and the Roman
Coliseum. Julius Caesar was a diplomatic and military genius. He escaped
accusations of treason, caused the Roman Senate to make several critical
errors, and gave show of his military genius in the battle of Pharsalus.
The Coliseum was used as a means of entertainment. What better way to keep
an impoverished people from revolting then to keep them entertained and
fed. The Coliseum gave them both.
I agree with Derek Burns about the Roman Catholic Tribunal as well.
This said I think he's not just warning against the dangers of crowd
mentality but about organized sports. The stadiums used in today's sports
may not all be a giant circle, but the crowd still "encircles" the field.
The crowd is just as obnoxious as it was in the Roman time period. But I
think most of all he's illustrating a parallel in hopes that we won't
become so consumed with sporting events that we begin to forget about what
the government is doing.

Matt Lilly from United States
Comment 8 of 22, added on February 25th, 2008 at 4:48 AM.

I think the Inquisition in line 23 is the Roman Catholic tribunal for the
exposition and persecution of heretics, only finally abolished in the early
19th century. Williams could be saying a crowd is like this in the way it
discriminates and persecutes

Derek Burns from United States
Comment 7 of 22, added on January 26th, 2006 at 1:13 PM.

Really great poem. It has alot of powerful messages.

Taquantatanta Lamauntafanta from Philippines
Comment 6 of 22, added on January 11th, 2006 at 12:58 AM.

This poem represents mob mentality, and the speaker seems to have an
omniscient point of view like that of a blimp driver floating over the game
seeing the crowd as one living, breathing, thinking creature rather than

Matt from Canada
Comment 5 of 22, added on November 10th, 2005 at 9:32 PM.

This poem is quite referential to the works of Emily Dickinson. Use of
hyphens is the first key. In addition, short microcosms consume each
stanza. Finally, metaphor is apparent; such as: "a spirit of uselessness
which delights them-". This compares the crowd to "uselessness".

Jennifer from United States
Comment 4 of 22, added on March 7th, 2005 at 5:26 PM.

I think it kind of shows how a crowd can be cruel. Discriminatory or
otherwise. This poem really made me think..

Rob from Canada
Comment 3 of 22, added on February 3rd, 2005 at 9:36 AM.

that reminded me of the kkk

Trisha Jones from United States

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Poet: William Carlos Williams
Poem: The Crowd At The Ball Game
Added: May 7 2003
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