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  1. Peasant Weddingby William Carlos Williams Ismael Padilla, Thaddeus Ramstack, Joshua Fujinaka

  2. Opening Activity • With your groups analyze the painting and discuss what emotions you think the artist is trying to portray. (5 mins.) IP

  3. Thesis • William Carlos Williams uses ekphrasis, imagery, and structure to communicate issues of class, wealth, and love. JF

  4. Interpretation • People sometimes choose to get married for shallow reasons “gabbing all but the bride hands folded in her lap is awkwardly silent…” • Groom - higher class, bride – lower class “Pour the wine bridegroom” “a head of ripe wheat is on the wall beside her” • Bride represents calmness and serenity in a chaotic place • Bride is focus of attention in beginning, then other characters/ surroundings take lime light from her TR


  5. Structure: Form, Organization and Pattern • 7 stanzas, 3 lines per stanza • 4-6 words per line • No rhythm • No punctuation • Enjambment – awkward bride • Capitalization – only the first word and “Mayor”

  6. Sense: Meaning and Language • Tone- Williams uses a serious and sarcastic tone throughout the poem. • Pov- 2nd person • Motif- Party/Wedding • Mood- chaotic • Repetition- 3 lined stanzas to create an endless flow

  7. Senses: Imagery and Symbols • Uses imagery to inspire emotions in the reader and uses details to help the reader imagine the scene. “Pour the wine bridegroom” line 1 “The bearded Mayor” line 10 “A spoon in his hatband” line 21 “Hound under the table” line 9-10 • Symbols: Wheat represents poverty, wine represents wealth/higher class

  8. Sound • Uses onomatopoeia to add to the description of the wedding. “gabbing” (5th stanza, line 1) “clabber” (6th stanza, line 2) • Alliteration • “lap is awkwardly silent simple” 5th stanza, line 3

  9. Activity 2 • With your group write a 4-5 sentence paragraph telling the significance of each character that’s listed in the poem. (5 mins.) (bridegroom, bride, bagpipers, mayor, guests, servers)

  10. Conclusion • William Carlos Williams makes it apparent that the man and woman have chosen to get married for the shallow reason of wealth instead of happiness or love.