Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Analysis of "Marriage" by William Carlos Williams

Original poem reprinted online here:  "Marriage" by William Carlos Williams
Originally read: September 14, 2013
More information about the Poet:  William Carlos William


I think this poem is set up as either an homage or a critique of Ezra Pound's famous poem "In a Station of the Metro".  In any case, this short poem works similar with the punctuation meaning more than the poem.

     So different, this man
     And this woman:
     A stream flowing
     In a field.

Now the first punctuation is the comma which puts the "difference" as the first thing to read forcing a sense of how to read the poem.  Difference.

Man and women.  Now the next punctuation is a colon which indicates the previous phrase is defined by the following image.

Then the question is who is the stream.  And who is the field?  I think this poem is tongue-in-cheek that way.

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