The poem represents an early stage in Williams' development as a poet.
It focuses on the objective representation of objects, in line with the Imagist philosophy that was ten years old at the time of the poem's publication.
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The color white represents purity and innocence; to help clarify this, consider why brides traditionally wear white on their wedding day - to display their virginal innocence.
The wheelbarrow is red to display its power at the farm, and the chickens are white to show their purity; the wheelbarrows do all of the work, while the chickens lay the eggs. When you think of 'glaze,' you may picture a glazed donut.
You may find it interesting that the name has changed since it was first published; Williams named the poem 'XXII' because it was the 22nd poem in the collection in which it was published.
The title was later changed to reflect the poem's central image.
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