“The Red Wheelbarrow” II

Below is “The Red Wheelbarrow” in the context of the larger book Spring and All (1923).

As you can see from the excerpt above, Spring and All is an experimental mixture of poetry and prose.  In Twentieth Century American Poetry (2004), Williams editor and scholar Christopher MacGowan explains that the various parts of the book “can be read as a loosely defined sequence, although on the other hand some critics have argued that they are purposefully random…the poems are numbered consecutively (although the seventh has no number), but they do not have the titles which might give the reader a clue to their theme or content (Williams added titles when he published the poems separately from prose)…To cite the titles he added later, ‘The Red Wheelbarrow’ concerns a neighbor’s garden…”

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