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Short poem

William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)

Winter Trees

              1All the complicated details
              2of the attiring and
              3the disattiring are completed!
              4A liquid moon
              5moves gently among
              6the long branches.
              7Thus having prepared their buds
              8against a sure winter
              9the wise trees
            10stand sleeping in 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: Sour Grapes: a Book of Poems (Boston: The Four Seas Company, 1921): 36. York University Library Special Collections 4748.
First publication date: January 1921
Publication date note: The Dial 70.1 (Jan. 1921)
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 2000.
Recent editing: 2:2002/2/20

Form note: unrhyming rhythmic lines

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