The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams so much depends upon a red wheel barrow glazed with rain water beside the white chickens. The Red Wheelbarrow Summary
Our speaker reflects on how important a certain red wheelbarrow is. This wheelbarrow is wet from a recent rain, and there happen to be white chickens hanging out with the wheelbarrow. The End.
The Red Wheelbarrow Summary
Line 1 so much depends * Our speaker doesn't say "much depends" or "things depend" or "I depend," he says "so much depends." That "so" makes us feel the gravity of the situation. It's as though our speaker really wants and needs to drive the point home. * The verb "depends" is a strong one too, and one that suggest a that whatever is being
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* Although he doesn’t say so, the words "looks like" are implicit at the start of this line. The faces in the crowd "look like" flower petals on a "wet, black bough." * A "bough" is a big tree branch, and the word, in case you’re wondering, is pronounced "bow," as in "take a bow." * When is a tree branch wet and black? Probably at night, after the rain. A Paris subway, on the other hand, is always wet and black. * Now, we’re going out on a limb here (pun!), but he may be seeing the faces reflected in a puddle over black asphalt. Or it could just be a more general sense of wetness. At any rate, the faces in the subway are being compared to flowers on a tree branch. * Another fact to keep in mind is that Japan is famous for its beautiful flowering trees, and considering that this poem is written in Japanese haiku style . . . well, heck, he might just be thinking of a Japanese tree.
BY H. D.
All Greece hates the still eyes in the white face, the lustre as of olives where she stands, and the white hands.
All Greece reviles the wan face when she smiles, hating it deeper still when it grows wan and white, remembering past enchantments and past ills.
Greece sees unmoved,
God’s daughter, born of love, the beauty of cool feet and slenderest