‘The Red Wheelbarrow’ by William Carlos Williams depicts, in very simple language, a red wheelbarrow outside in the rain.
This poem is a quintessential example of William Carlos Williams' poetry, as it exemplifies many of the themes and techniques that define his work. Williams' poetry often focuses on every day and the mundane, using simple language and imagery to capture the beauty of ordinary objects and moments. He is also known for his use of free verse, which allows him to experiment with structure and language in innovative ways. 'The Red Wheelbarrow' reflects all of these characteristics and is widely regarded as one of Williams' most iconic poems.
‘The Young Housewife’ by William Carlos Williams is a short poem that intimately envisions a few moments in the life of a lonely woman confined to her home.
This poem by William Carlos Williams is emblematic of the clarity and suggestiveness of his poetry. As was the case with many of his poems, this one offers a vivid snapshot into a seemingly mundane but intimate moment in the life of a housewife. Through both his precise imagery and diction, he captures all the complexity of the moment as it is observed and imagined by the speaker.
‘Perfection’ by William Carlos Williams is a poem about finding exquisite appreciation for a decay as a natural part of life in the image of a rotting apple.
This poem by William Carlos Williams is indicative of the poet's modernist and imagist style. For one, it celebrates the mundane (and, to some, profane) image of a rotting apple. The poet's goal is to instill the same vivid passion and joy they experience observing the piece of fruit onto the reader. All the praise and claims of beauty that they laud upon it, in turn, challenge the reader's own perceptions of these ideals.
‘Tract’ by William Carlos Williams is a unique poem about funeral practices and how Williams’ speaker believed they should be altered to better serve the dead.
This is not considered Williams' best poem, but it is a very interesting and thoughtful example of his verse. It demonstrates his unique approach to traditional subject matter and how challenging his verse can be to read.
‘Blizzard’ by the American poet William Carlos Williams is filled with vivid imagery of a blinding snowstorm and its aftermath. This poem taps on the themes of time, human history, and personal experiences.