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.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on May 02, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme XXXA XXXBX ABX
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 390
Words 76
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 4, 5, 3

William Carlos Williams

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  • dougb.21370
    Woman becoming like dried leaves. Low on esteem of self. Not up and dressed by ten. Lives in HER HUSBAND’S HOUSE.
    LikeReply1 year ago

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