He could also be symbolizing to woman that stands on the curb, which is a prostitute. Is it guilty self-recognition, mutual recognition, an exchange of glances, shame, regret, or delight in transience that sounds in the crackling leaves of the last stanza? Do you think there is any significance to the reappearance of the leaves? From The dance of the intellect: Studies in the poetry of the Pound tradition. We still feel slightly repressed, and the narrator is still watching this woman from what seems to be a distance. Line 12 speaks the blunt truth of the poet's singularity — a loneliness that sets him apart from satisfied domesticity. Once again, the poet's desire structures the details, progress, and interrelation of elements in the poem. Williams in the first stanza gives the reader a Here again the time of day comes into play, as most everyone has a mental image of what the lighting is like at about that time.
Rachel Blau Duplessis The cluster female-feminine-woman has different meanings to the poets: a woman poet is more likely to find, in the feminine, various problems. After reading this poem there are a few things that I noticed that I would like to point out. I think the narrator sees her as these things. The subjects of his poems were not always people, but specific images, especially momentary ones. What type of commentary could this be making on the relationship between the speaker and the housewife? The poems implications include that of boundaries and and to an extent the breaking of a young woman, by her husband, trying to hold her if not against her will, but by breaking her spirit.
I pass solitary in my car. However, they are quickly contrasted by a comparison drawn by Williams of the young lady to a fallen leaf. The marriage vow and the doctor's professional code of ethics are the two strongest inhibitors. It shows the form and rhythm of the dance. Unlike the more flamboyant, Europeanized literary experimenters of the age, he remained tethered to small-town American life.
After he returns to the polite abstraction of apple blossom petals, his better judgment urges him to write sedate, nonsexual verse. Thus a particular poem may from one moment to the next seem distinctly sexist and generously understanding. Recent fervor about objectification may be a contemporary neurosis we would be better off not imposing on our predecessors. But it is as easily the moment and the fantasy relationship that give way as the car passes. Cary Nelson Along with Hughes and Frost, Williams is one of the three betterknown modern American male poets whose work includes a wide range of portraits of individual women. Indeed no one who has grown up in a sexist culture will be entirely free of sexism, but Williams's work often partly triumphs over these limitations and it is, if anything, strengthened by comparison with other men and women writing at the same time. Discussion and Research Topics 1.
The unnamed subject is distantly erotic in the poet-speaker's fantasy of her in a negligee or standing at the curb without a corset. He decided to become a gentleman farmer after he got an inheritance from his father, a master weaver and residential real estate developer, but farming was a bust. On the other hand, as I suggested earlier, the arguments disseminated simultaneously with modernism by the first wave of modern feminism give more than sufficient warrant to read Pound's and Ransom's sexism severely and consider it misogynist even within its historical context. Though this is not its meaning, the sounds are similar. The repetition of leaves in this poem is very important because first the speaker compared the housewife to a leaf and then out of nowhere the audience pictures the speaker running over leaves. One of the main issues that this poem deals with is the conflict between male power and female powerlessness.
And the next stanza seems to justify my thoughts. The following social issues can be debated on it: Can physical for good purpose be justified? Eliot, but broke away from it to experiment more in his own style. Could this curb also be seen as a barrier between her and the speaker? It is here where the author compares her to a fallen leaf. Does anyone see premeditated murder as the topic of this poem? When a leaf falls from a tree, it is no longer together with all of the other leaves, it hits the ground—an unfamiliar substance, and dies because it no longer has the complex system of the tree to give it life. Throughout the poem, the speaker describes a disheveled, dispirited housewife going about her daily work, yet as he passes her he bows and smiles.
Williams certainly fragments men's and women's bodies to describe them, but he most often does so in order to assemble either telling portraits of whole persons or representative characterizations of people's social positioning. For example, he gives to the reader various real and imagined images, such her moving about in negligee behind closed doors, or her going about her daily affairs, that are at once very seductive and suggestive of ideas that supercede their appearances. Williams could have included this to foreshadow the future of the housewife and explain the true intentions of the speaker in this poem. When she finally emerges, further physical limitations appear. And that relationship typically includes a genuine if sometimes whimsical reflection on the ontological issues at stake in the poet's role: The poem masquerades at once as a piece of literal reportage and a fantasy surveillance, a celebration and critique of voyeurism. He developed mythic and classic allusions without straying from a workaday intent. His brief imagistic portraits of individual women remain among the best-known poems he wrote.
Representation wholly without objectification may in fact be impossible. More pressing than these tangible barriers, however, are the intangible taboos that keep the young housewife and a potential lover from casual consummations. The uniqueness we bring to our reading is essential to the absorption of poems with Imagist elements. Even though the title of the poem is The Young Housewife, it is uncertain now whether or not the focal point of the poem is her or the speaker. The tone in these last few lines is comparable to the first stanza. Perhaps it was a streak of laziness on my part, but I had very little imagination to offer this poem.