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Unformatted text preview: Williams, a master of surprise, disarms the reader with a fresh approach to sexual attraction. The irony of the flower's &quot;taking / the field by force&quot; 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 &quot;the fibres of her being.&quot; 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 &quot;[going] over&quot; into the nothingness of perfection. &quot;Spring and All&quot; (1923), one of Williams' most anthologized poems, abandons normal sentence structure to string together surreal impressions of an emerging season. The setting, on an unremarkable drive to &quot;the contagious hospital,&quot; suggests the contagion of emergence, which will...
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- Fall '08