Paige asked in Arts & HumanitiesPoetry · 8 months ago

What do you think of the poem "Red Wheelbarrow" ?

What is it trying to say or what does it value? I'm lost.

"so much depends


a red wheel


glazed with rain


beside the white


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  • 8 months ago
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    It's an imagist poem so think of it as a photograph. The poem uses enjambment in each of its four stanzas. The first stanza even highlights how the syntax of the run-on line reflects the meaning being conveyed: we read ‘So much depends / upon’ and depend upon the continuation of the poem into the second line to provide us with the rest of the meaning. An interesting way to read the poem is to stop at the end of the first line of each stanza and ask, what comes next?

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  • 7 months ago

    Free range the deranged

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  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    It,s about the postie-pushing his read wheelbarrow around the streets //


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  • 8 months ago

    William Carlos Williams was an Imagist poet, and, as such his poetry sets out to imprint an image on the readers mind. It's very close to a piece of painted art and it's not hard to imagine through the few words of this poem, a scene containing a bright red wheelbarrow, wet through rain, beside some white chickens. That's what Imagist poetry sets out to do, and little wonder, on reading this poem that it does conjure up a vivid picture in the mind.

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  • 8 months ago

    We go around and around thinking this or that is the most pressing matter at hand, things like paying the bills or the economy or humankind in general, when it's the small, usually unnoticed things that ACTUALLY maintain the balance, that are essential to our aesthetic well-being.

    Don't simply copy and paste this for your homework. Read the poem 18,000 times and then meditate on it for 3 full days . . .William Carlos Williams is awesome.

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