Writing an imagist poem–Thursday, September 6

The Red Wheelbarrow

by William Carlos Williams

so much depends

upon

 

a red wheel

barrow

 

glazed with rain

water

 

beside the white

chickens

William Carlos Williams was an imagist poet who often relayed images of ordinary objects and added a thought, left to the reader to decipher, that was connected to the image. In the poem above, the reader is left to ponder, “What depends on this tranquil and beautiful image?” 

Today for your writing, capture one image you see around you in a dozen words or so, as Williams has done here, and add your own thought-provoking assertion or question. Perhaps you want to provide your reader with a few more context clues than Williams provided in his four words, “so much depends upon.”

 

Start by describing your concrete image and build from there.

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