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Spring and All

Spring and All

by William Carlos Williams

Section IV (lines 24-27) Summary

Get out the microscope, because we’re going through this poem line-by-line.

Lines 24-27

But now the stark dignity of
entrance-Still, the profound change
has come upon them: rooted, they
grip down and begin to awaken

  • But… we’re not quite there yet. The poem gets ahead of itself.
  • This poem isn’t about things actually happening – it’s about things beginning to happen. The word "entrance" is really key here. We’re just setting the stage for spring, not actually watching the play that’s about to start.
  • If Williams speeded things up in the last few lines, now he slows them down again.
  • Don’t believe us? Try saying "stark dignity" a few times. Feel how serious-sounding those words are, how they pull down the corners of your mouth.
  • We’re back at the beginning point, in a way, but something has changed. Down at the roots, things are waking up. We’re looking for things to happen on the surface, but the real changes are going on underground.