Throughout our exploration of poetry, we’ve come to the realization that syntax, diction, and intimation are of the utmost importance. By choosing certain words and arranging them with care, a poet is able to evoke a tremendous amount of emotion. In the process, the poet may also demonstrate the power of language, even when dealing in an economy of words.
Today, we are going to further investigate these notions by reading The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams!
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THE TASK: First, watch the animation inspired by The Red Wheelbarrow (posted above), and then read the poem as originally written by Williams (click HERE for the poem). Once you’ve engaged with both the poem and the fan-made video, answer the following prompts by using the “Leave a Reply” feature at the bottom of the page. For full credit, your responses must consist of complete sentences and demonstrate active engagement.
A) Describe the process of reading The Red Wheelbarrow. How did you feel while reading the poem? What thoughts did you have during the reading?
B) How does the form (word choice/sentence structure/arrangement) effect the poem? What is the impact of having each second line consist only of one word?What do you think of this form?
C) What do you make of the video interpretation? Does this match up with any visuals you conjured while reading? In what way(s) does this video conflict with your reading?
D) Interpretation/Speculation: What depends on the red wheelbarrow? Why do you think this?