The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams

One of my favorite poets is W.S. Merwin who was famous for his lovely imagist poems that are grounded in nature. This style of poetry speaks to me in a way that I find difficult to describe. To me, an imagist poem is a lovely thing. By stripping away the words, you’re left with an idea. A feeling.

I hope you enjoy the “The Red Wheelbarrow.”



The Red Wheelbarrow

by William Carlos Williams

so much depends
upon

a red wheel
barrow

glazed with rain
water

beside the white
chickens.


Normally, I love hearing a poet read their own work. I’ll share this recording of William Carlos Williams reading this poem. But somehow…I think it misses something. I think this poem should be read slowly. So you can carefully listen and digest it. Because, after all, so much depends upon a red wheel barrow…

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