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Biography of William Carlos Williams

William Carlos Williams

William Carlos Williams (1883 - 1963)

Born in Rutherford, New Jersey, near the city of Paterson, William Carlos Williams studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. There he became friends with Ezra Pound and Hilda Doolittle (later known as H. D.) and started to think of his medical career as a means of supporting himself while he composed poetry, even as he interned in New York City and pursued postgraduate studies in Germany. Williams made Rutherford his lifelong home and practiced medicine until he retired, writing at night and spending weekends in New York City with other writers and artists.

Williams consciously wrote poetry that provided a counterpoint to that of Frost, Pound, and Eliot. In his work, he wished to speak like an American within an American context of small cities, immigrants, and workers. He wanted his poetic line to reflect the rhythm of everyday speech and drew his subject matter from ordinary surroundings -- a painting, a red wheelbarrow, a dish of plums. Williams's collections include Spring and All (both poetry and prose; 1923); Paterson, which was published in five books (1946, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1958); and Pictures from Brueghel (1962). Williams also wrote essays, some of which are collected in In the American Grain (1925).



59 Poems written by William Carlos Williams

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A Sort Of A Song Comments and analysis of A Sort Of A Song by William Carlos Williams 353 Comments
Après le Bain Comments and analysis of Après le Bain by William Carlos Williams 28 Comments
April Is The Saddest Month Comments and analysis of April Is The Saddest Month by William Carlos Williams 3 Comments
Aux Imagistes Comments and analysis of Aux Imagistes by William Carlos Williams 4 Comments
Berket And The Stars Comments and analysis of Berket And The Stars by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
Complaint Comments and analysis of Complaint by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
Danse Russe Comments and analysis of Danse Russe by William Carlos Williams 8 Comments
Dedication For A Plot Of Ground Comments and analysis of Dedication For A Plot Of Ground by William Carlos Williams 6 Comments
from "Asphodel, That Greeny Flower" Comments and analysis of from 4 Comments
Heel & Toe To The End Comments and analysis of Heel & Toe To The End by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
Landscape With The Fall Of Icarus Comments and analysis of Landscape With The Fall Of Icarus by William Carlos Williams 13 Comments
Love Song Comments and analysis of Love Song by William Carlos Williams 15 Comments
Muier Comments and analysis of Muier by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
Nantucket Comments and analysis of Nantucket by William Carlos Williams 7 Comments
Pastoral Comments and analysis of Pastoral by William Carlos Williams 445 Comments
Poem (As the cat) Comments and analysis of Poem (As the cat) by William Carlos Williams 19 Comments
Portrait Of A Lady Comments and analysis of Portrait Of A Lady by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
Spring And All Comments and analysis of Spring And All by William Carlos Williams 15 Comments
Sympathetic Portrait Of A Child Comments and analysis of Sympathetic Portrait Of A Child by William Carlos Williams 26 Comments
The Crowd At The Ball Game Comments and analysis of The Crowd At The Ball Game by William Carlos Williams 16 Comments
The Dance Comments and analysis of The Dance by William Carlos Williams 7 Comments
The Desolate Field Comments and analysis of The Desolate Field by William Carlos Williams 4 Comments
The Great Figure Comments and analysis of The Great Figure by William Carlos Williams 53 Comments
The Red Wheelbarrow Comments and analysis of The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams 575 Comments
The Term Comments and analysis of The Term by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
The Thing Comments and analysis of The Thing by William Carlos Williams 283 Comments
The Widow's Lament In Springtime Comments and analysis of The Widow's Lament In Springtime by William Carlos Williams 28 Comments
The Young Housewife Comments and analysis of The Young Housewife by William Carlos Williams 83 Comments
This Is Just To Say Comments and analysis of This Is Just To Say by William Carlos Williams 228 Comments
To A Poor Old Woman Comments and analysis of To A Poor Old Woman by William Carlos Williams 255 Comments
To Elsie Comments and analysis of To Elsie by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
To Waken An Old Lady Comments and analysis of To Waken An Old Lady by William Carlos Williams 19 Comments
Tract Comments and analysis of Tract by William Carlos Williams 493 Comments
Willow Poem Comments and analysis of Willow Poem by William Carlos Williams 23 Comments
The Hunters in the Snow Comments and analysis of The Hunters in the Snow by William Carlos Williams 56 Comments

The Complete Collected Poems 1906-1938

The Defective Record Comments and analysis of The Defective Record by William Carlos Williams 3 Comments

An Early Martyr

Item Comments and analysis of Item by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment

Journey to Love

The Ivy Crown Comments and analysis of The Ivy Crown by William Carlos Williams 271 Comments

Poems

The Uses Of Poetry Comments and analysis of The Uses Of Poetry by William Carlos Williams 3 Comments

Sour Grapes

A Celebration Comments and analysis of A Celebration by William Carlos Williams 249 Comments
A Goodnight
Approach Of Winter
Light Hearted Author Comments and analysis of Light Hearted Author by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
Light Hearted William Comments and analysis of Light Hearted William by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
Overture To A Dance Of Locomotives Comments and analysis of Overture To A Dance Of Locomotives by William Carlos Williams 3 Comments
Romance Moderne Comments and analysis of Romance Moderne by William Carlos Williams 3 Comments
The Cold Night
The Disputants Comments and analysis of The Disputants by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
The Late Singer Comments and analysis of The Late Singer by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
The Soughing Wind Comments and analysis of The Soughing Wind by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
To A Friend Comments and analysis of To A Friend by William Carlos Williams 14 Comments
To A Friend Concerning Several Ladies Comments and analysis of To A Friend Concerning Several Ladies by William Carlos Williams 39 Comments
Youth And Beauty

Sour Grapes: A Book of Poems

Blizzard Comments and analysis of Blizzard by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
Complete Destruction Comments and analysis of Complete Destruction by William Carlos Williams 24 Comments
Winter Trees Comments and analysis of Winter Trees by William Carlos Williams 60 Comments

The Broken Span

The Last Words Of My English Grandmother Comments and analysis of The Last Words Of My English Grandmother by William Carlos Williams 4 Comments

The Clouds

Suzanne

The Wedge

The Poem Comments and analysis of The Poem by William Carlos Williams 4 Comments


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