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William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)

Complete Destruction


              1It was an icy day.
              2We buried the cat,
              3then took her box
              4and set fire to it
              5in the back yard.
              6Those fleas that escaped
              7earth and fire
              8died by the cold.


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: William Carlos Williams, Sour Grapes: a Book of Poems (Boston: The Four Seas Company, 1921): 53. York University Library Special Collections 4748.
First publication date: March 1919
Publication date note: Poetry 13.6 (March 1919)
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 2000.
Recent editing: 2:2002/2/20

Form note: unrhyming rhythmic lines


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