“The Bitter World Of Spring” – William Carlos Williams. By: Tanya Vargas, Iuscely Flores and Vianney Sanchez. Williams uses philosophical reference to fish and water to explain the challenge both externally and internally of u nderstanding a poet. . Thesis: .
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“The Bitter World Of Spring” – William Carlos Williams
By: Tanya Vargas, Iuscely Flores and Vianney Sanchez
“ And, as usual, the fight as to the nature of poetry” (9-10)
Intent/Affect: Williams uses third person to give the reader a sense that every poet can be confused and have the same struggle when it comes to writing a poem.
Williams wants to show the readers how his focus went from the nature of the trees to the inspiration he found in the stream (fish).
-Color is used to emphasize how color can make things more alive
“ midway between the surface and the mud,
and you can see their bodies
red-finned in the dark
water headed, unrelenting, upstream” (17-20)
-Williams is demonstrating the struggle fish are going through to swim up and have their babies.
“pillars of the red elms,
in perspective, that lift the tangled
net of their desires hard into
the falling rain. “ (3-6)
-William is showing imagery of nature to show an element of strength.
“What is Poetry?”
A rhetorical question is used to emphasize his confusion to poetry and what he should write about.
Stream of Consciousness is used to get out Williams thoughts about what he is trying to get across.
“And brown smoke is driven down, running like water over the roof of the bridge-” (6-8)
“ by the silence of a white bush in the flower, close under the bridge, the shad ascend,” (14-16)
There is no rhyme. There is only free verse because it helps to emphasize the fact that he does not know what to write about.
The word "bridge" is repeated twice ; the first time he is looking over the bridge & the second time he is looking under the bridge.
“that lift the tangled
net of their desires hard into” (5-6)
“under the bridge, the shad ascend,
midway between the surface and the mud, “ (16-17)
Williams uses Enjambment because of the confusion that goes throughout the poem with 14 commas and only 4 periods, he does this to continue some type of run on sentences.
End-stopped is used to focus on the main ideas William wants to point out.
Make a Haiku about what you see around the room with your group. We will present them in 5 minutes.
We see the whole class (5 Syllables)
They are learning something new (7 Syllables)
Now let’s eat some fish (5 Syllables)
The reason behind the haiku, was not intended to copy a certain structure Williams used to write the poem, but to give the class an example of how sometimes it is difficult to find something to write about. For example, in a classroom just like any other classroom with 4 walls, and 40 desks, Somewhere in the classroom one had to find something interesting to write about.