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William Carlos Williams - The Disputants

Upon the table in their bowl 
in violent disarray 
of yellow sprays, green spikes 
of leaves, red pointed petals 
and curled heads of blue 
and white among the litter 
of the forks and crumbs and plates 
the flowers remain composed. 
Coolly their colloquy continues 
above the coffee and loud talk 
grown frail as vaudeville.

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Poet: William Carlos Williams
Poem: The Disputants
Volume: Sour Grapes
Year: Published/Written in 1921
Poem of the Day: Oct 5 2012

Comment 1 of 1, added on January 10th, 2005 at 10:04 PM.

This poem is a reflection of the real world. Upon the table, there are different things, different colors. It seems a small meaningless world, but actually, we are doing put an effort to find a significant meanings in this world. This is a table situation.
On the other hand, there's a human situation. They are drinking coffees and talking loudly. We don't know what they are talking about. It looks trivial and frail thing.
This is a momentary situation. We can describe it in one painting.

Soo from Korea, South

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