William Carlos Williams

(17 September 1883 – 4 March 1963 / New Jersey)

Spring And All - Poem by William Carlos Williams

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


Comments about Spring And All by William Carlos Williams

  • Silver Star - 3,852 Points John Richter (6/23/2015 7:26:00 AM)

    They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But how many words does it take to paint a perfect picture? This many. Exactly. What a wonderful and very visual poem. (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 17,545 Points Kim Barney (6/23/2015 10:43:00 AM)

    Amen, Brother.

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  • Gold Star - 17,505 Points Edward Kofi Louis (6/23/2015 5:53:00 AM)

    A cold wind; with the muse of nature. Nice work. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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