William Carlos Williams's Poems: 'The Red Wheelbarrow' and 'Landscape with the Fall of Icarus'


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Why is William Carlos Williams considered a modernist poet?

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1. Which of the following statements about imagism is FALSE?

2. How did William Carlos Williams's poem ''The Red Wheelbarrow'' pose a challenge to its readers?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

William Carlos Williams was an acclaimed Modernist poet, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the man. You'll be assessed on your understanding of both the life and poetry of William Carlos Williams.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on your understanding of:

  • Why William Carlos Williams was a Modernist
  • The definition of Imagism
  • What The Red Wheelbarrow is really about
  • A phrase from Landscape with the Fall of Icarus that evokes sympathy for Icarus
  • The poet's intent behind pointing out that nobody notices Icarus dying in Landscape with the Fall of Icarus

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related literature lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately identify main terms, such as Modernism and Imagism
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding William Carlos Williams
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about William Carlos Williams' famous poems

Additional Learning

To learn more about literature, review the following lesson on William Carlos Williams' Poems. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Read and analyze two famous poems by William Carlos Williams
  • Understand Modernism and Imagism
  • Learn about the life of William Carlos Williams