William carlos williams spring and all poem

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Spring and All by William Carlos Williams

Valérie Rouzeau, translator.

Spring and All is a manifesto of the imagination — a hybrid of alternating sections of prose and free verse that coalesce in dramatic, energetic, and beautifully cryptic statements of how language re-creates the world. Spring and All contains some of Williams’s best-known poetry, including Section I, which opens, “By the road to the contagious hospital,” and Section XXII, where Williams penned his most famous poem, “The Red Wheelbarrow.”
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Analysis of Poem Spring and All by William Carlos Williams

The poet, as was his custom, did not structure this piece through a rhyme scheme or pattern of meter. Instead, the free verse poem is driven through its simple but vibrant images. It does not take hours of analysis to understand what the poet was wanting to accomplish here. Additionally important to the poem is the historical context in which it was written. This meant that the world was just emerging from years of fighting and a promise of a new, more peaceful future was around the corner. This is the background upon which Williams is working.

Spring And All is a poem William Carlos Williams wrote to back up his radical theory of poetics - basically the poem as a field of action - in.
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Spring And All

Spring and All is a hybrid work consisting of alternating sections of prose and free verse., In a lot of ways, "Spring and All" is a classic William Carlos Williams poem: short, beautiful, and filled with simple images. It focuses on making each moment as clear and sharp as possible.

By the road to the contagious hospital under the surge of the blue mottled clouds driven from the northeast-a cold wind. Beyond, the waste of broad, muddy fields brown with dried weeds, standing and fallen. All along the road the reddish purplish, forked, upstanding, twiggy stuff of bushes and small trees with dead, brown leaves under them leafless vines-. Lifeless in appearance, sluggish dazed spring approaches-. They enter the new world naked, cold, uncertain of all save that they enter. All about them the cold, familiar wind-. Now the grass, tomorrow the stiff curl of wildcarrot leaf One by one objects are defined- It quickens: clarity, outline of leaf.

By the road to the contagious hospital under the surge of the blue mottled clouds driven from the northeast -- a cold wind. Beyond, the waste of broad, muddy fields brown with dried weeds, standing and fallen patches of standing water the scattering of tall trees All along the road the reddish purplish, forked, upstanding, twiggy stuff of bushes and small trees with dead, brown leaves under them leafless vines -- Lifeless in appearance, sluggish dazed spring approaches -- They enter the new world naked, cold, uncertain of all save that they enter. All about them the cold, familiar wind -- Now the grass, tomorrow the stiff curl of wildcarrot leaf One by one objects are defined -- It quickens: clarity, outline of leaf But now the stark dignity of entrance -- Still, the profound change has come upon them: rooted they grip down and begin to awaken. Spring And All By the road to the contagious hospital under the surge of the blue mottled clouds driven from the northeast -- a cold wind. Go back to PoemHunter homepage Go back to the poem's page Check out reader comments on this poem More information about the poet William Carlos Williams.

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  1. Spring and All [By the road to the contagious hospital] - By the road to the Poet, novelist, essayist, and playwright William Carlos Williams is often said to have.

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