Analysis Of The Poem ' The Red Wheelbarrow ' By Dereck Walcott 's Poem, My Sweet Old Etcetera

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Poets of the twentieth century explored the implications of shifting uses of form that occurred over a period of one hundred years. Poems such as William Carlos Williams’ “The Red Wheelbarrow”, e.e. cummings’ “my sweet old etcetera”, Dereck Walcott’s “Parang”, bpNichol’s “Blues”, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti “Modern Poetry is Prose (But it is Saying Plenty)”, exemplify the multiple shifts that characterized the evolution of poetry throughout the 1900s. These authors use form as a means of embedding meaning within the text through the structural aspects, thus showing the changes that have developed modern comprehensions of the poetic genre across a rapidly shifting timeline. Through the use of formulaic elements to affect the reader’s comprehension of the text, the poets present a message to the population pertaining to what can be classified within the confines of poetry. Form shifts as a result of the purpose that each poetry movement is working towards, representing the personal and political landscape that surrounded its creation. And so, these poems self-consciously represent the shifting acceptable forms of poetry as a mode of meaning making that is deeply connected to the physical elements of text. The Oxford English Dictionary defines poetry as a form of “composition” that is distinctive in its “style” because of the “patterned arrangement of language” that often works in a specific “rhythm” (poetry, n). This definition draws attention to the category of poetics as…

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