- Nixon, Lois LaCivita
- Date of entry: Jul-05-2001
- Last revised: Jan-10-2007
The eight-line poem frustrates expectations about poetry. It stands like a small aside, a voice suggesting in rather emphatic terms, "so much depends upon," that the seemingly simple, often overlooked elements of life are what really matters. In fact, the short aside is akin to the wheelbarrow and "white chickens" in the poem--essential, but easily ignored. Pay attention, the speaker advises, to the ordinary, to the quotidian.
First published: 1923
The Collected Poems of William Carlos Williams, Vol. 1
A. Walton Litz & Christopher MacGowan