Spring and All William Carlos Williams Poem Essay

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William Carlos William’s metaphor of the changing seasons from winter to spring in the poem “Spring and All” reveals the hopeful and anticipated arrival of a birth that represents a new beginning. “Spring and All” was published in 1923, it is said that it is a reference to historical events, such as the flu pandemic of 1919, and World War I. These events were responsible for the death of millions of people, the devastation, and the destruction that surviving civilians experienced. “Spring and All” illustrates a clear image of how the narrator sees nature and his surroundings, he describes two different worlds throughout the poem, the world during winter and the world soon to arise, called spring. The poem begins with the narrator walking on “the road to the contagious hospital” and he suddenly becomes aware of the wasteland, and the current winter weather: under the surge of the blue mottled clouds driven from the northeast—a cold wind. Beyond the waste of broad, muddy fields brown with dried weeds, standing and fallen [2-6] The landscape that is being described gives off a grim and hopeless emotion; it seems that winter has destroyed any once living thing and all that remains is: “twiggy / stuff of bushes and small trees / with dead, brown leaves under them / leafless vines —” (10-13). There seems to be no signs of potential life; the trees, leaves, and bushes that probably were once healthy and radiant, seem to be long gone; leaving behind their empty decaying skeletons. The descriptive images of these dead trees, bushes, and cold winter represent the complete death that comes just before a birth or rebirth of hope. Suddenly the speaker then describes the vast scenery as “sluggish”; he considers that perhaps the landscape is preparing for new life, and in fact spring approaches sleepy and dazed: “Lifeless in appearance, sluggish / dazed spring

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