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ANALYZING 20THCENTURY POETRYBy: Caroline Smith
THE RIVER MERCHANT’S WIFE : A LETTER (1917)BY: EZRA POUNDThis poem was written during WWI which for many American families was a time of separation, and loss. Similarly to the poem, wives had to stay home and watch their husbands leave for battle not knowing whether or not they will come home. In this poem it describes a woman reminiscing about her relationship with her husband as he leaves on a trip.
THE RED WHEELBARROW (1923)BY: WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMSWhile the Great Depression did not occur until 1929, this poem written by William Carlos Williams alludes to the importance of agriculture. The