3.90 Poetry and the arts: More onomatopoeia in William Carlos Williams’ verses

 

With Emili, you have been talking about the arts and watching some famous paintings. Sometimes, painters have turned to poetry or literature for inspiration and sometimes  poets have found inspiration in paintings.

So, I would like to show you two examples of  two poems by a  famous  American poet, William Carlos  Williams.

  • The first poem was inspired by a painting from Pieter Brueghel, Children’s Games (1560)

In Brueghel’s painting, there are more than 250 children playing all kind of games. Some of the games have not changed much in four centuries. I know the quality of the pic is not so good and the charachters are tiny, but you might recognise some of the games that are  still played in the 21st century. No consoles on the horizon.

Have you ever had a Where’s Wally book? Well, if you look carefully at this painting you’ll see that there are many things going on as in Wally’s books.

This is William Carlos Williams’ poem

Children’s Games

William Carlos Williams

I

This is a schoolyard
crowded
with children

of all ages near a village
on a small stream
meandering by

where some boys
are swimming
bare-ass

or climbing a tree in leaf
everything
is motion

elder women are looking
after the small
fry

a play wedding a
christening
nearby one leans

hollering
into
an empty hogshead

II

Little girls
whirling their skirts about
until they stand out flat

tops pinwheels
to run in the wind with
or a toy in 3 tiers to spin

with a piece
of twine to make it go
blindman’s-buff follow the

leader stilts
high and low tipcat jacks
bowls hanging by the knees

standing on your head
run the gauntlet
a dozen on their backs

feet together kicking
through which a boy must pass
roll the hoop or a

construction
made of bricks
some mason has abandoned

III

The desperate toys
of children
their

imagination equilibrium
and rocks
which are to be

found
everywhere
and games to drag

the other down
blindfold
to make use of

a swinging
weight
with which

at random
to bash in the
heads about

them
Brueghel saw it all
and with his grim

humor faithfully
recorded
it

  • The second poem of Willian Carlos Williams (1883-1963)  is much shorter and is full of onomatopoeias. This time, the poet did not get inspiration from a painting. It was the other way around. An American painter,  Charles Demuth (1883-1935), who was born the same year as the poet  was inspired by William Carlos William’s  poem  The great figure to paint this work.

  • Does it look like a detailed photo?
  • Is it an abstract painting?
  • Does it look like a poster?
  • Are details important , as in Children’s games?
  • What about colours?

It seems William Carlos Williams wrote  The great figure after watching a fire engine streak past him on a rainy Manhattan street.

This is the poem:

The Great Figure 

 

Among the rain
and lights
I saw the figure 5
in gold
on a red
fire truck
moving
tense
unheeded
to gong clangs
siren howls
and wheels rumbling
through the dark city

 

by William Carlos  Williams.

We shall read the poems aloud in class and talk about them. I only want you to try to imagine the sound made by the fire engine passing by, at full speed.

Which instruments would you use to imitate the sounds?

gong clangs 

siren howls

and wheels rumbling

Have a look at some pics of fire trucks.

 

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25 Respostes to “3.90 Poetry and the arts: More onomatopoeia in William Carlos Williams’ verses”

  1. vidalandreu98 Says:

    * Does it look like a detailed photo?
    Yes, it is a detailed foto
    * Is it an abstract painting?
    Yes, it is. We can see a firetruck in it, but is abstract.
    * Does it look like a poster?
    Yes, it can be a poster, like posters in the lights.
    * Are details important , as in Children’s games?
    Yes, it can be.
    * What about colours?
    There are a black background, like a dark street of a big city. Then we can see too a five, represented with the orange colour. Can be the fire of the red intensive firetruck that is behind the five.

  2. vidalsiquierj Says:

    PHOTO 1
    * Does it look like a detailed photo?
    -Yes, so much detailed.

    * Is it an abstract painting?
    -No, it isn’t.

    * Does it look like a poster?
    -No, it’s a painting.

    * Are details important , as in Children’s games?
    -Yes, there are important details.

    *What about colours?
    -There are hapiness clotes colours.

    PHOTO 2
    * Does it look like a detailed photo?
    -Yes, but not so much.

    * Is it an abstract painting?
    -Yes, of course, it is.

    * Does it look like a poster?
    -Yes, it can be it.

    * Are details important , as in Children’s games?
    -No

    * What about colours?
    There are atractive colours.

    • vidalsiquierj Says:

      If I did the homeworks of the two photos is because I don’t know which is the photo that we have to answer the cuestions.
      Because it is down to the second one but it says:” Are details important, as in Children’s games?” I am confused.

  3. ariadnabalufo Says:

    * Does it look like a detailed photo?
    Yes, I think it is a detailed photo
    * Is it an abstract painting?
    I think is a little abstract
    * Does it look like a poster?
    Yes, it can be a poster.
    * Are details important , as in Children’s games?
    I don’t know
    * What about colours?
    There is a black background, like a street of a big city for example New York.
    Also we can see the number five painted with various shades of orange.

  4. paucampomar Says:

    Does it look like a detailed photo?
    – No
    Is it an abstract painting?
    – No
    Does it look like a poster?
    – Yes
    Are details important , as in Children’s games?
    – No
    What about colours?
    – Black, in the background is like a big city like Amsterdam.
    – Red, like a firetruk.
    – Yelow and orange like a fire.

  5. margaabauza Says:

    -Does it look like a detailed photo?
    Yes, it is a detailed photo

    -Is it an abstract painting?
    A little abstract

    -Does it look like a poster?
    Yes, a little bit

    -Are details important , as in Children’s games?
    I don’t know

    -What about colours?
    There is a black background, a dark street of a city or a village and you can see the number five in orange.

  6. pausegui Says:

    •Does it look like a detailed photo?
    -Yes, it is a detailed photo.
    •Is it an abstract painting?
    -Yes it is.
    •Does it look like a poster?
    -I think is a poster.
    •Are details important , as in Children’s games?
    -I don’t know
    •What about colours?
    -There is red, black,a dark street in a city and one number five in orange.

  7. merysantos1998 Says:

    Does it look like a detailed photo? Yes, it does.
    Is it an abstract painting? No exactily
    Does it look like a poster? Yes it does
    Are details important , as in Children’s games? Yes, they are.
    What about colours? Express , the orange :fire or firemans car, the black: a big city.

  8. andreafr98 Says:

    1.- Does it look like a detailed photo?
    Yes , it does.
    2.- Is it an abstract painting?
    Yes , but we differentiate numbers , forms …
    3.- Does it look like a poster?
    Yes, so so.
    4.- Are details important , as in Children’s games?
    I don’t know.
    5.- What about colours?
    The red and orange is fire and firemans car , and the black is like a darker street or city.

  9. alvaroalemany Says:

    1.- Does it look like a detailed photo?
    – Yes, the photo has many details.

    2.- Is it an abstract painting?
    – I thing, no.

    3.- Does it look like a poster?
    – Yes, it looks.

    3.- Are details important , as in Children’s games?
    – Yes, a little bit.

    4.- What about colours?
    – The colours are very vivid.

  10. miquelbv9 Says:

    1.Does it look like a detailed photo?
    – Yes, it does.
    2.Is it an abstract painting?
    – Yes but not old the picture becouse you can see some numbers.
    3.Does it look like a poster?
    – Yes, but not old the poster.
    4.Are details important , as in Children’s games?
    – Yes there are.
    5.What about colours?
    – The red and the orange tell us that there are fire, and the background is pinted with dark colours that that colours say to us that is a very big city.

  11. marinaescarpa11 Says:

    1- Does it look like a detailed photo?
    *Yes, I think it is a detailed photo
    2-Is it an abstract painting?
    *I think is a little abstract
    3- Does it look like a poster?
    *Yes, it can be a poster.
    4- Are details important , as in Children’s games?
    *I don’t know
    5-What about colours?
    *There is a black background, like a street of a big city like New York.

  12. izabelaigorova02 Says:

    Does it look like a detailed photo?
    *Yes.

    Is it an abstract painting?
    *No, I think is a cubist painting.

    Does it look like a poster?
    *Yes, it can be a poster.

    Are details important , as in Children’s games?
    *There are many violence.

    What about colours?
    *The background is black, and the colour of number are orange and red.

  13. sergiomr226 Says:

    1.- Does it look like a detailed photo?
    – No, it doesn’t look life a detailed photo. Some things yes and some things no.

    2.- Is it an abstract painting?
    – Yes, it is an abstract painting.

    3.- Does it look like a poster?
    – I think it looks like a poster, but maybe yes or no.

    4.- Are details important , as in Children’s games?
    – Yes, there are details important. I think yes, but not a lot.

    5.- What about colours?
    – The colours are very colorful.

    6.- Which instruments would you use to imitate the sounds?
    – I think to use to imitate the sound is the SIREN HOWLS.

  14. sergiomr226 Says:

    1.- Does it look like a detailed photo?
    – No very, but I think some things yes.

    2.- Is it an abstract painting?
    – Yes, it is an abstract painting, but the number 5 and BILL no.

    3.- Does it look like a poster?
    – Yes, it looks like a poster.

    4.- Are details important , as in The Great Figure?
    – I think yes. There are important details.

    5.- What about colours?
    – The principal colours are red and black.

  15. silviamartinm Says:

    * Does it look like a detailed photo?
    Yes, It does.

    * Is it an abstract painting?
    I think yes.

    * Does it look like a poster?
    Yes, it does.

    * Are details important , as in Children’s games?
    I don’t know.

    * What about colours?
    The back ground is black and the number 5 is painted with various sahdes of orange.

  16. Joan Sebastià Says:

    1.-Yes, is detailed
    2.-No
    3.-Yes, it can be a poster
    4.-Yes, are crazy games
    5.-There are black and white, as a city in the night

  17. martitaserra28 Says:

    1-Does it look like a detailed photo?
    Yes, it does.
    2-Is it an abstract painting?
    I think that yes.
    3-Does it look like a poster?
    Yes, it does.
    4-Are details important , as in Children’s games?
    I don’t know.
    5-What about colours?
    The back ground is black and the number five is some types of yellow and orange.

  18. vladis890 Says:

    1. Does it look like a detailed photo?
    -Yes, it is a detailed photo.
    2. Is it an abstract painting?
    -No, it isn’t.
    3. Does it look like a poster?
    -Yes, it does.
    4. Are details important , as in Children’s games?
    -Yes, the details are very importants.
    5. What about colours?
    -The background is black, how an alley in New York and the colours of the number are red and orange, how a fire truck.

  19. jhazminmarmol Says:

    *Does it look like a detailed photo?
    -Yes, It does.
    *Is it an abstract painting?
    -Depends, because you can see the number 5.
    *Does it look like a poster?
    -Yes, it can be a poster
    *Are details important , as in Children’s games?
    -I think yes.
    *What about colours?
    -The background is black and it have grey shades. The colors of the numbers are orange, yellow and red.

  20. psocies Says:

    1-Does it look like a detailed photo?
    Yes, it is a detailed photo

    2-Is it an abstract painting?
    A little abstract

    3-Does it look like a poster?
    Yes, a little bit

    4-Are details important , as in Children’s games?
    I don’t know

    5-What about colours?
    There is a black background, a dark city and you can see the number five in orange that I think it represents de car of the fireman.

    • jospomar Says:

      * Does it look like a detailed photo?
      Yes it has got so details.
      * Is it an abstract painting?
      So so because you can recognaise the figure 5.
      * Does it look like a poster?
      Yes it seems a poster.
      * Are details important , as in Children’s games?
      Yes a lot the colours the backgrond are very important.
      * What about colours?
      They are dark colours but it has got orange.

  21. paulinguigs Says:

    Does it look like a detailed photo?
    Yes, it does.

    Is it an abstract painting?
    Yes, it is.

    Does it look like a poster?
    I think yes, it does.

    Are details important , as in Children’s games?
    I think no.

    What about colours?
    The colors are warm, but the background is black.

  22. AlbaaSoriaa Says:

    1- Does it look like a detailed photo?
    • Yes.

    2.- Is it an abstract painting?
    • No.

    3- Does it look like a poster?
    • Yes.

    3- Are details important , as in Children’s games?
    • Yes.

    4- What about colours?
    • The colours are very vivid.

  23. 3.en.101 Third term first exam. Posts 68 to 100 « saps què te dic Says:

    […] 3.90 Poetry and the arts: More onomatopoeia in William Carlos Williams’ verses a) What is alliteration?(0’25 marks) What is the relation between tongue twisters and alliteration? Can you give an example? b) Let’s see how good you are at onomatopeias(0’25 marks) What kind of sound apples make when you bite them? doors when you close them? baloons when you burst them? sirens of a fire truck? c)What is slang? (0’25 marks)can you explain what the expressions bling bling , cha ching, cha ching mean? where did you learn them from? d)What is an acrostic? can you write one?(0’25 marks) e)Poem analysis (1 mark)  This painting illustrates a poem by William Carlos Williams The Great Figure Among the rain and lights I saw the figure 5 in gold on a red fire truck moving tense unheeded to gong clangs siren howls and wheels rumbling through the dark city a) Circle the prepositions (0’25) b)Underline the onomatopoeia(0’25) c) Write the antonym of the following: dark; tense; great; moving; unheeded(0’25) d) What are the colours in the painting that make you think of fire?(0’05) e) what are the elements of the painting that make you think of movement?(0’05) f) What is more important in this poem, rhyme or rhythm?(0’05) g) Where did the poet get his inpiration to write this poem? can you guess? did the teacher explain something about it? Where was William Carlos Williams from? (0’15) Arxivat a english. Etiquetes: third term exam. Deixa un Comentari » LikeBe the first to like this post. […]


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