New York: Peter Lang, 1986. The speaker seems to be describing the housewife in a very vulnerable state. He emphasizes the way she looks by the circumstances that she appears to be in. Some analysts question whether it achieves the purpose of poetry. Representation wholly without objectification may in fact be impossible.
He developed mythic and classic allusions without straying from a workaday intent. He sustained his medical practice throughout his life. Whether the speaker would protect her, take advantage of her, or merely observe her in her shy vulnerability we cannot say. From lines scribbled on prescription pads and typed while he rested between patients, he submitted polished human-centered verse to magazines and journals. Copyright © 1994 Cambridge University Press. As a result, the poem ends on a chilling note, and deliberately so, I would argue. It is not until the end that he mentioned the dry leaves, dry would imply her weakness and falling that she is a victim of circumstances.
She captures his attention by lifting her arms to tame an errant strand of hair. For your long essay, though, work on incorporating the secondary sources into your own argument in a more substantive way. What Williams shows us, finally, is one route to a substantially affirmative and generous heterosexuality in poetry. It seems like the young housewife lives by the domain of her husband and the only way to escape from that is to exposure her situation at the curb. Hi, I like the poem you put up, because it is short and sweet.
This article of clothing provides interesting context for the housewife, herself. Like Ransom, women are indispensable to Williams's work; without their presence in his poetry, his oeuvre would be substantially impoverished. I pass solitary in my car. This suggests that the author is metaphorically describing the housewife as a crushed and lifeless spirit. They did not get to grow old together, as the two butterflies she observes did. In this particular poem, Williams paints an image of a particular moment in time without much context.
Maybe the narrator is trying to warn us that the housewife is sick and perhaps that is why she is not yet properly dressed though the morning is almost at an end. While the poem can be described as free verse, it nevertheless plays with the possibility of metrical and formal regularity. Angered by the success of more erudite poets, he founded alternative magazines to provide a voice for populist poems. Yet it is a fact that they are sometimes violated, and the poem recognizes this. Returning to Rutherford, where he sustained his medical practice throughout his life, Williams began publishing in small magazines and embarked on a prolific career as a poet, novelist, essayist, and playwright. Others declare it a purist classic of imagism for its haiku-like form, simplified beauty, and muted tension.
The description of the tone in the first section implies that she is trapped in this house and is unreachable except when she comes out to do the daily routine. Kinnahan Williams's poetry at this time also shows him working against the conventional paradigm of the male creator, a paradigm encouraged by Ezra Pound and the poetic tradition alike. An absurd comparison, since surely the young housewife--she is constantly doing things, moving about, calling the ice-man or fish-man, tucking in stray ends of hair--is the very opposite of a fallen leaf. This poem can also be interpreted from the point of view of passion for music. From Genders, Races, and Religious Cultures in Modern American Poetry, 1908-1934. He was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2009. The meaning that I prefer to take with me is somewhat different from these.
But treating any trace of it in earlier periods as a fatal heresy is irrational. Here is my interpretation and I am looking forward to seeing how others look at this poem. The poet, too, exists in a physical container--his car. Because of this, I believe that the speaker and the housewife are past lovers who were forced to end their affair because the housewife succumbed to the fear of her husband discovering her and her lover. If you want to draw on secondary sources in your essay, make sure they advance your argument or offer a counterargument that complicates your own position. The ingenious use of leaves twice in this poem is where the magic is hidden via metaphor.
Williams, a master of surprise, disarms the reader with a fresh approach to sexual attraction. His perspective on women is rich and varied and generally affirmative; moreover, Williams often treats men and women the same way; that does not exempt Williams from charges of sexism. I never laughed, being bashful. That line reveals elements of vanity, she wants to look attractive, and she is flirting with him. Indeed no one who has grown up in a sexist culture will be entirely free of sexism, but Williams's work often partly triumphs over these limitations and it is, if anything, strengthened by comparison with other men and women writing at the same time. Many of its lines are four-and five-stress, eight-and nine-syllable lines. The family moved seven times in ten years as their finances deteriorated.