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Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Analysis

Everyday Poetics

Williams wrote many poems that are longer and more complex than this one, sure. But his poetry on the whole often reflects everyday American life and everyday American language. A doctor whose patients were often working class, or very poor, Williams had an idea of what everyday life was like for all kinds of folks. In his poetry, he condensed and perfected impressions of the everyday moments that stuck with him, and stick with readers, too. Williams can take something as simple as eating a plum and turn it into poetry. Awesome.

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