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Spring and All

“Spring and (Not) All

Spring and All is often referred to as Williams's most experimental and avant-garde book. (5) Yet when it was first published, the slim volume barely caught anyone's eye. Williams had been rejected by several publishers before Robert McAlmon, who was living in France and courting the Parisian intellectual scene (and had published Stein's The Making of Americans), agreed to have his Contact Press print an edition of 300 in the fall of 1923 in Dijon. Most of the copies sent to America were confiscated by customs, notes Paul Mariani, who remarks that "Spring and All all but disappeared as a cohesive text until its republication nearly ten years after Williams' death" ...

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few decades that arguments have been made for holding fast to the original context of the poems, even though Williams's prose was, in most cases, written apart from the poetry and even though the text celebrates its own fragmentation. (6)
As you might have guessed from the title, Spring is and important part of this poem. What I found most interesting was that Spring actually becomes a character of sorts in the poem. This important season is the backdrop for the poem. It is with this I will show not only the important of Spring, but how Williams’ uses human-like adjectives to describe this season as well as showing that the “new” is not just a season. The concept of Spring means much more than a season. From what I remember in class this poem was written after the WW1era. The country was in excitement over art and new forms of lifestyles such as Bohemians. Spring to me meant a change in the world, not a season at all.
The poem begins in a very straight forward set of words ...

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describe an object or an idea like spring, that’s called personification. Line 25: Here’s a point that Williams fills in a little bit in other places in the book "Spring and All." The "profound change" of spring’s arrival is a metaphor for the changes that are sweeping over the whole world in the early 20th Century. World War I is over; people are producing new and exciting art and philosophy, and starting to see some new prosperity. In a general sense, spring has always been a symbol of new beginnings, but Williams definitely has some specific things to say about his moment in history. The poem is chock full of plants, both the dead old ones that Winter has left behind, and the new ...

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