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The Dance Every artwork exists to evoke pleasures that are easier to feel than to describe Vendler 73 William Carlos Williams defies the nature of this statement in his poem The Dance which is a description of Brueghels artwork The Kermess To analyze the poem as pleasure one must analyze the poems rhythm rhyme structure images argument poignancy wisdom and the development of new style or language in the poetry just as to analyze artwork one must analyze lines curves use of space structure the image itself and the development of new art style Through his poem one can actually visualize and feel the pleasurable effects of the painting without having to actually view the painting Rhythm and Rhyme William Carlos Williams The Dance is a free verse poem Vendler notes that even in free verse we often hear the same rhythms recurring Vendler 74 Although Williams does not use conventional rhythms we see some aspects of rhythm evident in The Dance where the emphasis is placed on similar words throughout the poem namely action words and festive almost musical terms This emphasis on happy joyous terms provides the basic underlying theme to the poem Williams provides the reader with an uplifting feeling by his use of stresses on these particularly intoxicating terms Williams uses no rhyme in his poem Rather than using rhyme Williams puts emphasis on one particular word round The dancers go round they go round and around round as the thick- sided glasses whose wash they impound 2-3 5-6 In dance there is a feeling of going around in circles and Williams repetitious use of the word round also gives the feeling of dancing in circles Further Williams lack of a regular rhythm in the poem such as would be found in a sonnet and his lack of rhyme and meter adds to the
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