William Carlos Williams

Not that you need it, considering it is one of the most anthologized and overanalyzed poems in the English Language, but The Guardian walks behind "The Red Wheelbarrow" in their poem of the week.


  1. A favorite of mine. I've always seen it as the perfect embodiment of the last lines of Archibald MacLeish's "Ars Poetica."

    A poem should not mean
    But be.

  2. Dear Fred,

    I like the poem very much, but I can't say much for most of the commentary on it. The poem sufficiently glosses itself and most of the commentary is puffed up and going nowhere. Not the piece I cited. But others. One would think that WCW had invented imagist poetry.



  3. Steven,

    Agreed--the commentary does get a bit overheated.

    It seems almost as if there is a law that says the shorter the poem, the longer the commentary/analysis.


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