Poetry Reflection

Poetry Reflection - would we eat from? Without foul...

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Padraic O’Brien Intro To Literature 9/4/08 I chose to respond to the poem “The Red Wheelbarrow” by William Carlos Williams for various reasons. I was totally unfamiliar with “The Red Wheelbarrow” before this class, and I found it to be an interesting piece and the reactions it stirred in the classroom to be equally as interesting. I enjoyed this piece because it was a short and simple poem, yet held so much more to dwell on than one would assume at a first glance. To me, this poem says that everything is important, no matter how simple or unnoticed it is. For instance, without the keen ability to write directly to his target audience, Williams would presumably be unable to have made his name known in the literary society. When writing this piece, he was going about his non-standard method of writing poetry. If he had chosen to write in the formulaic nature of most poets of his era, instead of setting foot to create his own style, we never would have encountered such a work as “The Red Wheelbarrow”. So it goes for all things from day to day life. Without dishes, what
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Unformatted text preview: would we eat from? Without foul smelling fertilizers, how would farmers grow substantial crops for the American people to eat? An old wet red wheelbarrow and a couple of chickens may seem like nothing of importance to us when reading the poem but when imagining the poem without the chickens, or the water, or even the wheelbarrow, an air of importance certainly arises. In my mind, the red wheelbarrow holds the most significance of all the elements in this poem. However, without any of the two other elements, the rain and the chickens, the wheelbarrow would hold no significance at all. The importance of one thing to another can be applied to nature, personal belongings, relationships and many other things. To me, the significance of the red wheelbarrow can be applied to most if not all aspects of our lives. It strikes me as saying that we should consider the things we take for granted....
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