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The Red Wheelbarrow

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Jimmy Fake

on 4 October 2012

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Transcript of The Red Wheelbarrow

"The Red Wheelbarrow" By William Carlos Williams William Carlos Williams William Carlos Williams was born 9/17/1883, and died 3/4/1963 (totaling 80 years). He was born in Rutherford, New Jersey. He studied at the University of Pennsylvania, to become a doctor. However he also had an avid interest in poetry. The poem "The Red Wheelbarrow" was written while he was waiting for a child to die, there was nothing he could do to save her. Like how the Price family could do nothing to save their own young child, Ruth May. In addition, Adah acquires all the knowledge needed in order to further her studies in a medical career, but she did not take on this career, depicted by her love for poetry. Adah, similar to the poet had the knowedge of poetry and medicine. "The Red Wheelbarrow" So much depends upon
a red wheel barrow
glazed with rain water
beside the white chickens. The 2nd and 4th line use colors as adjectives in describing the objects in the poem.

Visual imagery is used in lines 3 and 4, "glazed with rain water, beside the white chickens" The theme of this poem in relation to the Poisonwood Bible is that it shows how, in Adah's words, "We [the Price family] are all waiting now to see what will happen next." (170). Waiting upon a childs death is something the people of Kilanga often are forced to do, this can refer to Ruth May's death. Critics have said that at first "the red wheelbarrow" appears to be very simple and strait forward. But in reality this poem is very deap and filled with riddles.
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