Analysis of The Young Housewife
William Carlos Williams 1883 (Rutherford) – 1963 (Rutherford)
At ten AM the young housewife
moves about in negligee behind
the wooden walls of her husband’s house.
I pass solitary in my car.
Then again she comes to the curb
to call the ice-man, fish-man, and stands
shy, uncorseted, tucking in
stray ends of hair, and I compare her
to a fallen leaf.
The noiseless wheels of my car
rush with a crackling sound over
dried leaves as I bow and pass smiling.
|Scheme||XXXA XXXBX ABX|
|Metre||111011 1010101 010110101 11100011 10111101 110111101 11100 111101010 10101 011111 11010110 111110110|
|Closest metre||Iambic tetrameter|
|Stanza Lengths||4, 5, 3|
|Letters per line (avg)||26|
|Words per line (avg)||6|
|Letters per stanza (avg)||102|
|Words per stanza (avg)||25|
Submitted on May 13, 2011
Modified on May 02, 2023
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