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Short poem

William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)


              2years of anger following
              3hours that float idly down --
              4the blizzard
              5drifts its weight
              6deeper and deeper for three days
              7or sixty years, eh? Then
              8the sun! a clutter of
              9yellow and blue flakes --
            10Hairy looking trees stand out
            11in long alleys
            12over a wild solitude.
            13The man turns and there --
            14his solitary track stretched out
            15upon the world.


1] For a later version, see Adam & Eve & The City (1936).

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Sour Grapes: A Book of Poems (Boston: The Four Seas Company, 1921). York University Library Special Collections 4748.
First publication date: August 1920
Publication date note: The Dial 69.2 (August 1920)
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 2000.
Recent editing: 2:2002/2/20

Form note: unrhyming rhythmic lines

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