A rumpled sheet
Of brown paper
About the length

And apparent bulk
Of a man was
Rolling with the

Wind slowly over
And over in
The street as

A car drove down
Upon it and
Crushed it to

The ground. Unlike
A man it rose
Again rolling

With the wind over
And over to be as
It was before.

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


  1. Catherine says:

    I don’t think it is my dilemma
    It looks like software’s dilemma
    When comments are reached to twenty-two
    It also becomes a mistake too.

    It starts all over from one
    But, poor readers stuck with this one
    Cannot read the rest but only one!

  2. Meghan says:

    I like this poem because one day i was assigned to write a book report on a certain poem so i chose this one…it has a great meaning and i LUV IT!

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