Efficiency of words “The Red Wheelbarrow” --William Carlos Williams so much depends upon a red wheel barrow glazed with rain water beside the white chickens. Objective: to make word choice more efficient to fit poetic purpose Directions: Look back through the poem to see where you could pare the words down to a form closer to Williams. a, an, – Take out a an the where possible – Take out adjectives and use a specific noun, where possible (ex. instead of old man=codger) – Go directly to the image in each line. Images are always sensory. They are sometimes sensual (if done right). They ground the poem's themes and ideas in real things. Wallace Stevens said, "Not ideas about the thing but the thing itself." William Carlos Williams said, "No ideas but in things."