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The Term Analysis

Author: poem of William Carlos Williams Type: poem Views: 5

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A rumpled sheet

Of brown paper

About the length

And apparent bulk

Of a man was

Rolling with the

Wind slowly over

And over in

The street as

A car drove down

Upon it and

Crushed it to

The ground. Unlike

A man it rose

Again rolling

With the wind over

And over to be as

It was before.

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The poem is a prophetic revelation about Recycling and Energy Conservation.

| Posted on 2016-07-26 | by a guest

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i thought this poem was about life and the problems that people face in general. Problems or the trials and tribulations we face can be overcame- or in this case, " ran over and crushed"- but they will inevitably resurface long after we die. i think when the author referenced man and how man can not "rise up" he was noting that this paper - life's problems- are not ever going to be completely solved. One can crush his problems but for how long the term ( with no problems) lasts, is only tentative.

| Posted on 2015-01-16 | by a guest

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The resiliency of the paper ball is expressed in this poem. That is how I know that it is an allegory. The speaker appreciates its ability to bounce back and overcome such a harsh situation such as being hit by a truck. The speaker admires the fact that it appears unaffected by this happening. It states the difference between paper and man-kind. Humans are not able to keep moving on when things like that happen. It seems to define how fragile humans really are. The title reminds me of a term paper or a term with a definition meaning time. Either thought has the potential to relate to the rest of the poem.

| Posted on 2011-10-14 | by a guest

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I believe that this poem has nothing to do with time, because of the lack of the mention of time in the actual poem. therefore it has to signify some sort of word. Peharps downfall or depression. For it staes that unlike the piece of paper. a man cannot get up after he has been crushed.

| Posted on 2011-02-16 | by a guest

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oh gosh, the term i believe is literally about a crumpled sheet of paper, and it is looking for our sympathy.

| Posted on 2010-12-15 | by a guest

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i think this has to do with the fluffers micshelers pretendin they\'re all pigeons in manchester city..

| Posted on 2010-12-15 | by a guest

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I think this is about human mortality,\"the term\" being the length of time a person has on earth. Also this poem may show the insignificance of a persons life and death as well as how fragile human life is

| Posted on 2010-12-14 | by a guest

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OK, I want to take a step back, here...
So the poem is called "The Term." Obviously, the paper is a "term" of some kind. Maybe is symbolizes a word. In that case, it may be in reference to a specific experience of his or it may be a specific period of time or (the one I like best:) is language in general, how a term or a word might be battered, but lives on no matter what.
The other idea I have ties back to the term being 'a specific period of time.' Could the poem be referring to how life eventually runs a man down, but how the elements remain unaffected by time?

| Posted on 2010-04-06 | by a guest

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Perhaps he speaks to human fragility, as the paper, which we traditionally view as fragile, has the ability to continue "as it was before" while the human would not.

| Posted on 2010-03-15 | by a guest

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this poem compares a sheet of crumbled paper to a man, who cannot rise after being cruched. the paper is compared to a man to show that to come back from defeat, one must be flexible. The paper's flexibility allows it to roll again "as it was before"

| Posted on 2010-02-10 | by a guest

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Wow. Its so obvious that there is such a deep sad meaning to this poem, i just haven;t gotten it totally figured out yet.

| Posted on 2010-01-09 | by a guest

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