How is imagery used in the poem "The Red Wheelbarrow"?

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Imagery is absolutely central to this poem. It has no particular meaning or message outside of the image it seeks to convey. The poet, William Carlos Williams, uses color imagery in particular to help the audience vividly see the scene he is describing. The color of the wheelbarrow is an important feature, as is the color of the chickens—the contrast between the red wheelbarrow and the white chickens creates a picture of a farmyard scene, of the type we might have seen in illustrations or books. The color of the wheelbarrow is such that the wheelbarrow stands out as the most important object in the scene, the color red drawing the eye. As Williams says in the poem, "so much depends" upon the wheelbarrow, the central feature in the scene.

Other elements of imagery in the scene depicted include the touch of rainwater which "glazed" the wheelbarrow....

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