Among the rain
and lights
I saw the figure 5
in gold
on a red
to gong clangs
siren howls
and wheels rumbling
through the dark city.

Click here to view a painting inspired by this poem:
“I Saw The Figure 5 In Gold” by Charles Demuth

Analysis, meaning and summary of William Carlos Williams's poem The Great Figure


  1. zhang linjia says:

    i`m from Dalian china,missouri state university branch campus.the instructors let we choose a english poems to write an essay, because it is short,and easy to understand

  2. Larry Apple says:

    I love this poem. It shows how to communicate an image and a feeling in a small number of carefully chosen words. Several years ago, in New York City, there was a wonderful exhibit at the Whitney Museum of Art entitles “William Carlos Williams and the American Mind”. The actually picture that illustrated this poem was there.

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