Waxing Poetic - The Red Wheelbarrow

Estimated Time: 15 minutes

Love That Dog is a book of individual poems that are put together become a story. Jack is a student in Miss Stretchberry's class. Miss Stretchberry is teaching the students about poetry and helping them to find their writer's voice.

The first poem she asks them to read is "The Red Wheelbarrow". This poem was written by William Carlos Williams. You can learn more about the author in this video.

Now, let's really try to understand this simple poem. First, you'll need to know what these words mean:

  • Imagery - describing something visually using all the senses (smelling, hearing, touch, taste, sight)
  • Simile - comparing one thing with another thing using the words like or as (It's as hot as an oven outside.)
  • Metaphor - describing an object or action in a way that isn't literally true, but helps explain an idea

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