Study Guide

The Widow's Lament in Springtime Calling Card

By William Carlos Williams

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Skinny Lines

You probably noticed (and we already pointed out) that this poem has some pretty short lines. And while certainly not every Williams poem has short lines, it's something that he has come to be known for. By using such short lines, most every image (heck, just about every word) gets its moment to step out into the spotlight and hold our attention.