Spring and All | Study Guide

William Carlos Williams

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William Carlos Williams

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Perspective and Narrator

The poem's speaker observes and describes nature at the end of winter, referring to it as they and them. The poem is written from a third-person point of view, but the observations and ideas that spring from them are informed by the speaker's perspective.


The poem is written in the present tense.

About the Title

The speaker describes the lifeless appearance of plant life at the end of winter and anticipates signs of the beginning of spring. The focus is on the internal, invisible changes that precede the obvious characteristics of the season—Spring—and on the creative power of language and the imagination—and All. Originally untitled, other than Roman numeral I, this key poem was given the same title as the collection of prose and poetry in which it first appeared.


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