Spring and All
Spring and All
by William Carlos Williams

Spring and All Analysis

Symbols, Imagery, Wordplay

Welcome to the land of symbols, imagery, and wordplay. Before you travel any further, please know that there may be some thorny academic terminology ahead. Never fear, Shmoop is here. Check out our...

Form and Meter

Free VerseThis poem doesn’t have a regular meter, and the lines don’t rhyme. This is the stuff that English teachers call "free verse." Williams wasn’t real interested in the fanc...

Speaker

Our speaker is someone who stops by the side of a road, looking at the landscape in late winter and telling us about it.That’s about all the information we get about the speaker of this poem....

Setting

The whole poem is basically describing the setting, that famous road to the hospital with the dead plants all around it. Seems simple enough, right? At the same time, some other person could descri...

Sound Check

Sounds of the LandscapeThis will probably seem silly at first, but bear with us. Have you ever heard one of those tapes that plays sounds that are supposed to make you feel like you’re at the...

What's Up With the Title?

Actually, for this poem, let’s get even more basic. How about "What is the title?" This poem was the first in the book "Spring and All," and the only title Williams gave it was "I" (as in the...

Calling Card

Sharp, Clear Images and Short, Direct LinesIt’s definitely up to you to decide how clear and easy Williams’s poems are in general. There’s no doubt that some of his other poetry g...

Tough-O-Meter

(3) Base CampThis poem is pretty direct and straightforward, and Williams wants it that way. He throws you a few curveballs – sometimes it’s a little hard to tell who or what he’s...

Brain Snacks

Williams won the Pulitzer Prize in May of 1963. Unfortunately, he had passed away two months earlier. (Source)Williams is buried in the same cemetery as punk pioneer Joey Ramone. (

Sex Rating

GSorry, folks, not much sex here. Oh, wait, some of the plants are "naked!" On the other hand, the speaker makes a big deal about how cold it is, and then there’s that hospital. Maybe not so...

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