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The Red Wheelbarrow Analysis

Author: poem of William Carlos Williams Type: poem Views: 22

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so much depends


a red wheel


glazed with rain


beside the white



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The red wheel barrow is about how everything depends on the wheelbarrow
This is compared to earlier when everything would depends on religion or authority
This shows the modernist directly rejecting previous eras

| Posted on 2014-05-25 | by a guest

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The Red Wheelbarrow
The Red Wheelbarrow is a famous poem, presumably with some "hidden meaning".
Here is my own explication via transliteration of
The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams:
so much depends upon
a red wheel barrow
glazed with rain water
beside the white chickens.
Izzy (that's me)
thinks it means:
so much depends upon
Here's why. Using @ =
aleph, KH = het, kh = khaf, 3 = aiyin, a: = vowel "aye"
wheelbarrow = KHaDoFeN < Aramaic KHaD = one + @oFeN = wheel.
red wheelbarrow = KHaDoFeN @aDoM
KHaD BeN-@aDaM = one + man/human/person
rain water = Ma:-GeSHeM. Glazed = Z'khookhi.
with rainwater glazed = B'Ma:GeSHeM Z' khookhi
B'MaGSHiM MaSHiaKH = as [the] corporealization of + [the] Messiah
Beside the = 3aL YaD Ha-
3aL YaDa: Ha- = by means of, through; because of the
white chickens = (tarnagol) HoDoo LaVaN
HoDah LaBeN = praise/thanks + to [the] son
HoD = glory, splendor
Did Williams do this with conscious intent?
Did Williams know enough Hebrew to implement this process?
If this poem were written by Lewis Carroll, I would say "yes". Carroll was fluent in all of the languages mentioned in The Hunting of the Snark.
Williams mother was a Puerto Rican woman of French Basque and Dutch Jewish descent. x he learned some Hebrew from his mother?
Perhaps he “reverse engineered” this poem by doing the exact opposite of what I did?
Israel "izzy" Cohen
Petah Tikva,

| Posted on 2013-11-03 | by a guest

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The poem, “The Red Wheelbarrow” by William Carlos Williams, is a quaint little poem that barely fits the profile of poetry. It feels more like a short prose or sentence that is broken up to look like a poem. The poem has four stanzas that have four words each, with the last word forming a second line of every stanza. This simple, direct and very descriptive poem is all about a “red wheelbarrow” that is standing, apparently awaiting its next use, by the chicken coop. The poet never really describes the wheelbarrow directly, other than saying that it is “a red wheel-barrow”. He uses the things that surround the wheelbarrow for painting a very bright and beautiful picture of a very mundane and commonly ignored- until-needed object. As in a painting, though the wheel barrow is the main object, it is framed and enhanced by the little objects around it, such as how the “rain-water” transforms the dull and dirty wheelbarrow into a bright and new “glazed” wheel-barrow. The “white chickens” are meant to make the reader focus towards the big and very red wheel barrow, as compared to the chickens that are small and white. In short, the poet has used words of poetry to paint an imaginative and pretty picture of the wheelbarrow. He invites the reader to imagine and picture for themselves a wheelbarrow, standing in the rain, probably on a farm, with white chickens all around it, may be trying to hide near or under it as a protection from the rain. There may be many meanings and metaphors that could be pulled out from a poem such as this, but in this poem I believe that maybe, Williams just wanted to show us what he saw when he saw “a red wheel-barrow, glazed with rain-water”.

| Posted on 2012-12-01 | by a guest

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He said he was inspired by a black man who told him about the hard labor he did in all forms of weather. While he was listening to the man\'s story, he saw a red wheelbarrow that sat by white chickens.
He was inspired to connect the two, as they were equally important in utility as well as the fact that they did not receive the praise that they were worthy of.

| Posted on 2011-07-28 | by a guest

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i believe this poem is about the russian revolution. note that it was written in 1923 the same year that the boleshevick or red party crushed the white party. \"so much depends upon a red wheel barrow\" represents societies dependece on the working class while it being red and the glistening water can be seen as blood and sweet that the white colar exploites.

| Posted on 2011-04-20 | by a guest

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This poem can be shown as a Modernistic view of the Gilded Age. As related to Modernism through the Gilded Age, the wheelbarrow represents society and all of the workers in sweatshops who work long hard hours for little pay, but make the products that keep the business running. This hard working red wheel barrow holds us the corporate fat-cats who make all their money off of these sweatshops and workers, represented by the glazed water. When looking at the wheel barrow one would notice the good looking, “glazed”, water which shows how the society is gilded.

| Posted on 2011-04-14 | by a guest

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I have to do a report on this poem any clues on what to say?

| Posted on 2010-10-18 | by a guest

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From what I understand, the poem was written about a little girl who was dying and couldn\'t be moved from her room. She had a small window in her room where she would sit and watch the the day go by. He wrote the poem in five minutes while looking out of the window all he saw were the family chickens and a red wheelbarrow. But to the little girl, it meant everything.

| Posted on 2010-09-07 | by a guest

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In this short poem, William Carlos Williams use short descriptive words that barely produce a picture by themselves. But when he places them together you get this image that is very precise on what he is thinking about.

| Posted on 2010-02-25 | by a guest

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You are extremely wrong about the concept of the poem being about imagery. There is a solid point to this poem and that is not it whatsoever.

| Posted on 2009-06-11 | by a guest

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I love this poem because it is very discriptive and It makes you think!

| Posted on 2008-12-16 | by a guest

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The point I see in this poem is the imagery that the reader recieves. For each reader it will be different. I have always loved this extremely short poem to get people to think about what a poem canbring to the reader. I ask people when they reade this poem or I recite it - Is it sunny now? (just after a rain) WHat month is it? What is the temperature outside. What other images do they imagine in the scene?

| Posted on 2008-09-22 | by a guest

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- Williams wrote "The Red Wheelbarrow" in less than five minutes while observing a scene out of the window.
- So much depends upon a red wheelbarrow glazed with rain water beside the white chickens—we can understand the poverty of this sentence as it tries to be a poem.
- The claim that “so much depends” upon this wheelbarrow is quite accurate. On a farm, a wheelbarrow is used for a number of important farm chores.
- Notice that each “stanza” is shaped like a wheelbarrow. The colors stand out because of their contrast with one another: the white chickens contrast with the red of the wheelbarrow.
- The wheelbarrow can be seen as important economically,
- It adds beauty to its surroundings.
- Much attention has been given to the word "glazed" -it transforms the wheelbarrow into an object of aesthetic contemplation
- Others have speculated that the young girl he was treating is the wheelbarrow, with the white chickens possibly being the worried family. The wheelbarrow being depended on could be a reference to the life of the girl, "glazed with rain water" being a reference to the tears of her loved ones. It is also said that the wheel barrow could be Williams himself, the life of the girl depending on him.
- The form of this poem is also its meaning.

| Posted on 2008-03-15 | by a guest

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William Carlos Williams' 1923 poem The Red Wheelbarrow exemplifies the Imagist-influenced philosophy of “no ideas but in things”. The poem, written in two minutes or so, portrays the scene outside the window of one of Dr. Williams' patients, a very sick child he was attending. This provides another layer of meaning beneath the surface reading. The poem is intentionally plain and lucid. Williams was trying to veer away from what he saw as the “European” verbosity of his peers (T. S. Eliot, for example), to create a typical “American” image with his poem.

The subject matter of The Red Wheelbarrow is what makes it most unique and important. He lifts an ordinary scene to an artistic level, exemplifying the importance of the ordinary; as he says, a poem “must be real, not 'realism', but reality itself." In this way, it holds more in common with the haiku of Bash&#333; than with the verse of T. S. Eliot. Bash&#333;, a master of Japanese haiku, wrote poems that are somewhat similar to The Red Wheelbarrow (e.g., “Moonlight slants through/The vast bamboo grove:/A cuckoo cries”).

| Posted on 2007-03-29 | by a guest

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