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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A Verse by William Carlos Williams

Dear Friends,


 Visits and Verse postings in December may be a bit less regular than usual due to travel and Paige being home.


Also, just a reminder that you have until November 30th (tomorrow) to e-mail me your photo of a steeple or church-with-steeple in order to qualify to win the Amazon gift card. See yesterday's post for details.


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Here's a much-talked-about poem by William Carlos Williams. He lived from 1883 until 1963. Williams worked both as a medical doctor and a poet. His good friends were Ezra Pound and Hilda Doolittle and he knew Yeats and James Joyce. 


I've learned some important lessons about line length, line breaks, image and 'variable foot' from Williams.




The Red Wheelbarrow
by William Carlos Williams


so much depends
upon


a red wheel
barrow


glazed with rain
water


beside the white 
chickens.



1 comment:

The Prude said...

I have to memorize this and chew on it awhile. And find more verses by Mr. Williams.
And now I won't rest till I can take a picture of white chickens beside a damp red wheelbarrow.