Monday, August 18, 2014

Poem of the Day: "The crowd at the ball game" by William Carlos Williams, Poet of the Month


The Songs of Eretz Poem of the Day for August 18, 2014 is "The crowd at the ball game" by William Carlos Williams, Poet of the Month.  The poem was taken from The Collected Poems of William Carlos Williams, Volume 1: 1909 - 1939.  The text of the poem may be found here:  http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/174766.  A brief biography of Williams and references may be found here:  http://eretzsongs.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-songs-of-eretz-poet-of-month-for.html.

In "The crowd at the ball game," Williams beautifully and cynically captures what it feels like to be part of the crowd at a ball game.  I will admit that I am not much of a sports fan, but I do like it when the Kansas City Royals and Chiefs do well.  Tickets are expensive, but I do splurge about once a year on Royals tickets for me and my family (pictured).  While deep down intellectually Williams knew and I know that neither I as an individual nor the crowd as a whole have any influence on the outcome of a game, I nevertheless get caught up in the drama and majesty of the spectacle and feel a part of it.  And, of course, I especially like it when Alex Gordon does well :)

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