Video Recitation of "Spring and All" by William Carlos Williams

This is Poem I in Williams' 1923 collection Spring and All, which mixed prose and free verse.  appears in the same collection.

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  • According to Williams biographer James E. Breslin, 's poem, , which appeared in 1922, was, a major influence on Williams and Spring and All. Spring and All viewed the same post-WWI landscape as did Eliot but interpreted it differently. Williams "saw his poetic task was to affirm the self-reliant, sympathetic consciousness of Whitman in a broken industrialized world", Williams critic Donald A. Stauffer noted. "But unlike Eliot, who responded negatively to the harsh realities of this world, Williams saw his task as breaking through restrictions and generating new growth."

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  • In a lot of ways, "Spring and All" is a classic poem: short, beautiful, and filled with simple images. It focuses on making each moment as clear and sharp as possible. You might have heard of a couple other Williams poems (maybe the one about the wheelbarrow, or the plums?) – same idea here. He’s discovering poetry in the world around him, in daily experience. He’s inventing a style that doesn’t need fancy words or references to history in order to make its point or to amaze you with its beauty.

    is a hybrid work consisting of alternating sections of prose and . It might best be understood as a of the imagination. The prose passages are a dramatic, energetic and often cryptic series of statements about the ways in which language can be renewed in such a way that it does not describe the world but recreates it. These passages are interspersed with poems that demonstrate this recreation in both their form and content. The two most famous sections of are poems I and XXII. The former, which opens "By the road to the contagious hospital", is commonly known by the title "Spring and All", and the latter is generally known as "".

  • William Carlos Williams - Spring And All

    By the road to the contagious hospital
    under the surge of the blue
    mottled clouds driven from the
    northeast—a cold wind. Beyond, the
    waste of broad, muddy fields
    brown with dried weeds, standing and fallen
    
    patches of standing water
    the scattering of tall trees
    
    All along the road the reddish
    purplish, forked, upstanding, twiggy
    stuff of bushes and small trees
    with dead, brown leaves under them
    leafless vines—
    
    Lifeless in appearance, sluggish
    dazed spring approaches—
    
    They enter the new world naked,
    cold, uncertain of all
    save that they enter. All about them
    the cold, familiar wind—
    
    Now the grass, tomorrow
    the stiff curl of wildcarrot leaf
    
    One by one objects are defined—
    It quickens: clarity, outline of leaf
    
    But now the stark dignity of
    entrance—Still, the profound change
    has come upon them: rooted they
    grip down and begin to awaken

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    is a hybrid work consisting of alternating sections of prose and . It might best be understood as a of the imagination. The prose passages are a dramatic, energetic and often cryptic series of statements about the ways in which language can be renewed in such a way that it does not describe the world but recreates it. These passages are interspersed with poems that demonstrate this recreation in both their form and content. The two most famous sections of are poems I and XXII. The former, which opens "By the road to the contagious hospital", is commonly known by the title "Spring and All", and the latter is generally known as "".

Spring and All | Academy of American Poets

“Spring and All” by William Carlos Williams doesn’t have any type of rhyme or meter going on but it does hold a structure. It’s a short poem with brief stanzas filled with many, yet simple images. This poem talks about the life around you as a humble daily experience. It starts off with the speaker stopping by the side of the road leading to the hospital. This is where he or she gazes at the landscape; meanwhile describing what is being seen. The title is very much important to the poem, as it reflects on it by noticing the ending of winter and the coming of the next season, spring.