William Carlos Williams Readings
QUEEN-ANNE'S-LACE BY WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS
• "It is a field/ of the wild carrot taking/ the field by force; the grass/ does not
raise above it."
• "the whole field is a/ white desire, empty, a single stem,/ a cluster, flower by
flower,/ a pious wish to whiteness gone over-- or nothing"
• metaphorical juxtapositions
◦ offer more than one meaning for the poem
• can be a flower
◦ it multiplies
• can be a woman
◦ if so, a metaphor
◦ either gives