Describe how Williams Carlos Williams's poems, "The Red Wheelbarrow" and "This Is Just to Say", evoke emotions of curiosity. 

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The element of curiosity in both of Williams' poem rests in how the ordinary events of daily life can resonate so loudly in a poetic condition.  In "The Red Wheelbarrow," Williams takes a common wheelbarrow and inserts into in a condition of being in which daily life becomes something more.  The object, itself, might be discarded or not understood in a poetic understanding.  Yet, Williams sees poetic value in it after a rain in which the water still beads in droplets and in its place amongst the chickens that have integrated themselves in the object's place.  The curiosity here rests in wondering how an object so common can contain poetic meaning and lyrical significance.  If a wheelbarrow can hold such poetic power, one is curious in thinking about what other objects can possess similar forms of power and understanding.  In the same light, a found note left can hold poetic power.  In "This Is Just to Say," Williams is able to take a random note and construct meaning to it.  The element of curiosity exists in how a note about taking plums can be so powerful on powerful on both poetic and spiritual levels.  Williams has been able to again take a random element that can be found in daily life and elevated it to a poetic condition.  Additionally, there is a spiritual dimension to the note in which a plea for absolution and justification of temptation is evident.  The curious element is how poetry and spirituality exist around us in our world.  Williams' poems compels us to become curious as to what other images around us hold meaning beyond what is on the surface.  The symbolic meaning that reality possesses casts a shadow upon us, something in which there is curiosity to represent more of what can be from what is.  It is here where the experience and feelings of curiosity impact the reader from both poems.

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