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Red Wheelbarrow poem

The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams

1. Can you tell what is the importance of the wheelbarrow, rain, and chicken to a farmer?

2. What further importance can you infer from the references to color, shape, texture, and the juxtaposition of object? Does the poem itself have a shape? What two ways of observing and valuing the world does the poem imply?

3. What are the possible reasons for "experimental" qualities in the poem - for instance, its lack of capitalization, its very short lines, and its plain, even homely images? Do these qualities give the poem a greater emotional power than a more conventional and decorative poem on the same topic might have achieve?

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This poem uses images, symbolism, and form to get the entire picture of the poem across. A word, phrase, or figure of speech that addresses the senses, suggesting mental pictures of sight and sounds, smells, tastes, feelings or actions" (Meyer 1593). Symbolism is, "a person, object, image, word, or event that evokes a range of additional meaning beyond and usually more abstract than it's literal significance" (Meyer 1604).

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Solution Summary

This poem uses images, symbolism, and form to get the entire picture of the poem across. A word, phrase, or figure of speech that addresses the senses, suggesting mental pictures of sight and sounds, smells, tastes, feelings or actions." (Meyer 1593). Symbolism is, " a person, object, image, word, or event that evokes a range of additional meaning beyond and usually more abstract than it's literal significance." (Meyer 1604).

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