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The Red Wheelbarrow

The Red Wheelbarrow

by William Carlos Williams

Duty Quotes

How we cite our quotes:

Quote #1

so much depends
upon

a red wheel
barrow (1-4)

Is the emphasis here on the "so" or on the "much?" When you read it aloud, do you hear "SO much depends" or "so MUCH depends?" Does it make a difference? How does each emphasis change our understanding of what depends upon the wheelbarrow?

Quote #2

glazed with rain
water (5-6)

Why has such an important tool been left out in the rain?

Quote #3

beside the white
chickens (6-7)

What role could a wheelbarrow have in helping chickens? Why does our speaker feel the need to tell us that the wheelbarrow is beside the chickens?

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