I was born to be lonely, I am best so! Just before writing this poem, Williams had seen a performance in New York City by the Ballet Russes, a company led by the producer and critic Sergey Pavlovich Diaghilev. This poem sits strangely with me, as some of the lines are completely uninteresting, while others I cannot shake from my head. Without these images, it would be nearly sickly poetic, with the baby asleep, the poet lonely, and the body outlined like a dancer.
I have always felt that there was a political subtext to this poem--not the main point, but hovering there. Williams of course did not approve of fellow American poets expatriating themselves to find inspiration in Europe. He thought American poets should stick to American language and on their own turf.
The Ballet Russe was the big thing in sophisticated Paris at the time. The poet's awkward but moving, lonely danse in this poem in his darkened north room in New Jersey seems to validate his desire to be a purely American word-pioneer. Norma I have a student who has interpreted this poem as being the story of a mass murderer who has just killed his "sleeping" family and now is exulting in his "loneliness.
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Is this student's attitude being promulgated by poor instruction in high school concerning poetry and the poet's intent? They're "asleep" as the sun burns bright? Part of the dancer's grotesquerie could very well be his bloody hands, limbs, and blood-soaked shirt.
A good deal of what a poem means to us is what we bring to it. A good poem is like a Rorschach blot. I believe that good poets strive for concision to the point of a delicious abiguity that will allow a poem to say different things to different people.
Please explain how "poor instruction in high school concerning poetry and the poet's intent" invalidates your student's interpretation? Justin As a student myself I think I might be able to answer your question. I find that william carlos williams is especially ambiguous sometimes: However, I think the thing that has helped me most with reading poetry is the intent of the writer, the environment they worked in.
Things seem to make sense a lot more when you have a background.
For instance, reading almost anything from Eliot requires a knowledge of the times he wrote in that I just simply did not have.
I think most really good poets have their finger on the pulse of the "time spirit" a pulse rate analogy seems fitting for a doctor don't you think? I think maybe some poets aim for ambiguity, but the brilliant ones? I think not so much. It's easy to write an indecipherable poem with multivariate meaning I can do it.
I think the former explanation for the poem is more accurate. It's just too easy to make a poem that can mean everything all at once. I think that marianne moore stayed behind too.
Maybe she's written something to that effect? William Carlos Williams is to say I am saddened at the thought that postmodernism has influenced people so that they think that all things are completely subjective- especially the things that come from the modern era.
Postmodernism is a new relatively stream of thought and many people before the postmodern time especially modern times had very specific meanings to the things that they created. Take Elliot- Williams didn't agree with Elliot on many isssues but they both had specific things that they were saying through their poetry.
To ignore the context, for the reaction you bring to a piece is insulting to the author and the effort and skill that they brought to create that piece.
Don't be so self involved or short sighted that it keeps you from really looking at a poet's life and beliefs and MESSAGE- not just at your own reaction to their product.Danse Russe by William Carlos Williams: poem analysis.
Home; William Carlos Williams; Analyses; This is an analysis of the poem Danse Russe that begins with: If I when my wife is sleeping and the baby and Kathleen. William Carlos Williams was born the first of two sons of an English father and a Puerto Rican mother of French, Dutch, Spanish, and Jewish ancestry, and he grew up in Rutherford, New Jersey.
He was a medical doctor, poet, novelist, essayist, and playwright. William Carlos Williams was born the first of two sons of an English father and a Puerto Rican mother of French, Dutch, Spanish, and Jewish ancestry, and he grew up in Rutherford, New Jersey.
He was a medical doctor, poet, novelist, essayist, and playwright. William Carlos Williams' poem "Danse Russe," is written like most modern poetry, in free verse. Like nearly all of Williams' work, "Danse Russe" has no meter . In Russian, the poem's title, "Danse Russe," literally translate into "Russian Dance," specifically, a ballet.
Ballets are very elaborate and formal, and do not follow a repetitious pattern. Like the ballet, Williams' poem does not follow any particular poetic form.
I showed my friend Kristen, and she saw the name of the poem and said, "Russian Dance." She told me she knew the translation because of French. The poem, by William Carlos Williams, was chosen by Al Filreis, a UPenn professor who heads up the Kelly Writer's House.