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Williams, a master of surprise, disarms the reader with a fresh approach to sexual attraction. The  irony of the flower's "taking / the field by force" reverses the romantic notion of femininity  compromised by heavy-handed male passion. As though examining a human patient, the poet- speaker imagines arousing the flower to "the fibres of her being." Implicit in his reverie is the inborn  flaw, the purple center that mars the unblemished whiteness of each stalk. Williams expresses its  uniqueness in an optical corollary: If the flower were totally white, the field would vanish in the unity  of color. As it exists in nature, the flower's modified purity halts the scene from "[going] over" into the  nothingness of perfection. "Spring and All" (1923), one of Williams' most anthologized poems, abandons normal sentence  structure to string together surreal impressions of an emerging season. The setting, on an 
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