The Red Wheelbarrow Poem by William Carlos Williams

The Red Wheelbarrow

Rating: 3.7

so much depends

a red wheel

glazed with rain

beside the white

Sam Peterson 08 March 2010

You guys are clearly missing the true meaning of this poem. This poem is clearly about a mouth. Yes, a mouth. The red wheelbarrow represents a tongue and the white chickens are the teeth and the glazed rain water is saliva. So much depends upon our need to eat food. Food is a necessity for life. Also, in many cultures the mouth is a romantic spot. This shows all that depends on the mouth.

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Vincent Trinidad 24 June 2014

this poem is terrible

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Allison Helman 01 July 2012

so much depends upon a pediatrician ministering to a sick child whose prized red wheel barrow and white chickens also must wait.

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Eljay Ryan 01 October 2012

The best, most beautiful poem I've ever experienced.

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Richard Haskell 22 August 2012

So much depends upon establishing of our sense of place, our familiarity with our own world, synced as it were into your own constant; our grounding. We all do this in terms of ritual or routine; doing what needs to be done almost unnoticed, allowing us an unquestioned sense of place, that sense of ease that comes with knowing our own world. Much depends upon the specific details of our world, our conscious and unconscious familiarity with certain arrangements of the things of this world. There are red wheelbarrows glazed with rain water besidewhite chickens for all of us, and we just call them something different. This poem recognizes this, as we all do who read and enjoy this poem, it is fundamental - that recognition which places man in his world - and how much depends upon it. Richard Haskell

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Varsha M 04 February 2021

WCW can create meaning out of everything. Red wheel barrow might have no space in common life but to lay foundation it plays integral role.

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Rose Marie Juan-austin 03 February 2021

Succinct yet full of images.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 03 February 2021

A simple poem, but very thought-provoking. Congratulations on being chosen by Poem Hunter as The Classic Poem Of The Day!

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Mahtab Bangalee 18 February 2020

a red wheel barrow glazed with rain water ///////// SIMPLY GREAT POEM PENNED

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Hugh David Morgan. 26 January 2020

The poem simply stresses the total dependence of all poetry on images.

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