Williams, William Carlos. (1883 - 1963).
L i f e
- born into a cultured family
- read Afro-American poets (P. L. Dunbar), English Romantic poets (J. Keats), and English Victorian poets
- followed two full-time careers: a New Jersey physician and a poet
- suffered underestimation as a poet
W o r k
- associated with ‘objectivism’ = a post-imagist group
- insisted no symbolism should be allowed to hide the purpose of poetry
- sought to elevate the world of senses to make it equal to imagination
E a r l y P o e t r y :
- used a simple language, and direct realistic images
- concentrated on the rhyme
- his early collection
- marred by derivations and well-meant clichés
- later called it ‘bad Keats’, and broke with traditional forms and subject matters
Kora in Hell: Improvisations (1920):
- an experimental montage of passages written ‘automatically’ (to reveal subconscious funds of poetic energy) and commentary on them
I m a g i s t P o e t ry :
Al Que Quiere! (1920):
- an imagist collection
- the title = "To Him Who Wants It!"
"The Red Wheelbarrow"
"This is Just to Say"
S e l f - c o n s c i o u s l y A m e r i c a n :
The Great American Novel (1923):
Spring and All (1923):
- an intermixture of prose and poetry
In the American Grain (1925):
- prose, a personal revision of American history and culture
- a modern epic for the industrial-age America
- a response to E. Pound’s fragmentary Cantos x but: an attempt of unification
- the title: from Paterson = an actual town in his country
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AuthorWilliam Carlos Williams. (1883 - 1963). American.
WorkPoet. Prose writer. Author of Paterson (1946).
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"This was I,
I did my best;