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The Red Wheelbarrow

The Red Wheelbarrow

by William Carlos Williams

Nature

Symbol Analysis

  • Line 1: We don't know about you, but we hear alliteration in the first line, thanks to all of those "s" sounds. These sounds make us think about the sound of rain.
  • Line 5: The assonance of that long "a" sound in "glazed" and "rain" helps us to see the shiny surface of the wheelbarrow, somehow.
  • Line 5-6: Enjambment alert! Our speaker splits "rainwater" into "rain" and "water," making us pay attention to that which rain is composed of: water.

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