The Poem ' The Young Housewife ' By William Carlos Williams Essay

1220 Words 5 Pages
Love and literary works of poetry have been used together to portray one’s feeling of admiration or longing towards someone or something. Lust, which can be looked down upon, is used with caution and is at times seen as the protagonist of different verses. Imagist poet William Carlos Williams’ approach to love is one society deems unconventional. There are rare occurrences where both of these emotions are used simultaneously to describe what a person once shared with another person. In his poem The Young Housewife, the underlying tone of lust can lead one to conclude that a secret and past relationship, full of love and lust, existed between the speaker and a woman. Williams uses both poetic forms and an illustrating choice of words to show the interaction or loss of interaction between the speaker and the main object of the poem, the housewife.
Williams’ poem is written in free verse, meaning it lacks commitment to a rhyme scheme or meter. Commitment is what usually determines the strength and duration of a relationship. There is a correlation between the style in which the poem is written, the speaker and the housewife. Due to the speaker’s lack of commitment to the young housewife, she left the speaker in search of someone who would give her the relationship she wanted. At the end of the first stanza, the speaker passes solitarily in the car. This implies the speaker is coming to terms with the mistake made by not giving the young housewife the commitment she desired to…

Related Documents