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William Carlos Crane’s poem, “The Red Wheelbarrow” is very short yet full of visual imagery that may have symbolic meaning. Crane describes every character in his poems especially in lines 3-8. He describes the color of the wheelbarrow “red”, the water as “rain water” instead of just plain water, and “white chickens”. When the reader reads the poem, they would focus on the colors, red, white, and why it is raining. Maybe this poem symbolizes purity or something religious? Red symbolizes blood and white symbolizes purity. Lines 1-2 state, “So much depends upon” which means that the red wheelbarrow by the white chickens holds much importance.

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