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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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1962 Comments and analysis of The Hunters in the Snow by William Carlos Williams 58 Comments
A day on the boulevards chosen out of ten years of Comments and analysis of Berket And The Stars by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
A middle-northern March, now as always— Comments and analysis of A Celebration by William Carlos Williams 253 Comments
A rumpled sheet Comments and analysis of The Term by William Carlos Williams 3 Comments
According to Brueghel Comments and analysis of Landscape With The Fall Of Icarus by William Carlos Williams 13 Comments
All the complicated details Comments and analysis of Winter Trees by William Carlos Williams 60 Comments
Among the rain Comments and analysis of The Great Figure by William Carlos Williams 53 Comments
As the cat Comments and analysis of Poem (As the cat) by William Carlos Williams 20 Comments
At ten AM the young housewife Comments and analysis of The Young Housewife by William Carlos Williams 83 Comments
Brother Paul! look!
By the road to the contagious hospital Comments and analysis of Spring And All by William Carlos Williams 16 Comments
Cut the bank for the fill. Comments and analysis of The Defective Record by William Carlos Williams 3 Comments
Each time it rings Comments and analysis of The Thing by William Carlos Williams 289 Comments
Flowers through the window Comments and analysis of Nantucket by William Carlos Williams 9 Comments
Gagarin says, in ecstasy, Comments and analysis of Heel & Toe To The End by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
Go to sleep—though of course you will not—
Here it is spring again Comments and analysis of The Late Singer by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
I bought a dishmop—
I gotta Comments and analysis of Après le Bain by William Carlos Williams 29 Comments
I have eaten Comments and analysis of This Is Just To Say by William Carlos Williams 235 Comments
I lie here thinking of you:— Comments and analysis of Love Song by William Carlos Williams 16 Comments
I think I have never been so exalted Comments and analysis of Aux Imagistes by William Carlos Williams 4 Comments
I will teach you my townspeople Comments and analysis of Tract by William Carlos Williams 493 Comments
I've fond anticipation of a day Comments and analysis of The Uses Of Poetry by William Carlos Williams 5 Comments
If when my wife is sleeping Comments and analysis of Danse Russe by William Carlos Williams 9 Comments
In Breughel's great picture, The Kermess, Comments and analysis of The Dance by William Carlos Williams 7 Comments
It is a willow when summer is over, Comments and analysis of Willow Poem by William Carlos Williams 23 Comments
It is cold. The white moon
It was an icy day. Comments and analysis of Complete Destruction by William Carlos Williams 26 Comments
It's all in Comments and analysis of The Poem by William Carlos Williams 5 Comments
Let the snake wait under Comments and analysis of A Sort Of A Song by William Carlos Williams 357 Comments
Light hearted William twirled Comments and analysis of Light Hearted William by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
Men with picked voices chant the names Comments and analysis of Overture To A Dance Of Locomotives by William Carlos Williams 4 Comments
munching a plum on Comments and analysis of To A Poor Old Woman by William Carlos Williams 258 Comments
Of asphodel, that greeny flower, Comments and analysis of from 4 Comments
Oh, black Persian cat! Comments and analysis of Muier by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
Old age is Comments and analysis of To Waken An Old Lady by William Carlos Williams 20 Comments
Snow falls: Comments and analysis of Blizzard by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
so much depends Comments and analysis of The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams 581 Comments
Some leaves hang late, some fall Comments and analysis of The Soughing Wind by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
Sorrow is my own yard Comments and analysis of The Widow's Lament In Springtime by William Carlos Williams 32 Comments
The birches are mad with green points Comments and analysis of Light Hearted Author by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
The crowd at the ball game Comments and analysis of The Crowd At The Ball Game by William Carlos Williams 17 Comments
The half-stripped trees Comments and analysis of Approach Of Winter by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
The little sparrows Comments and analysis of Pastoral by William Carlos Williams 446 Comments
The murderer's little daughter Comments and analysis of Sympathetic Portrait Of A Child by William Carlos Williams 27 Comments
The pure products of America Comments and analysis of To Elsie by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
The whole process is a lie, Comments and analysis of The Ivy Crown by William Carlos Williams 274 Comments
There they were Comments and analysis of April Is The Saddest Month by William Carlos Williams 4 Comments
There were some dirty plates Comments and analysis of The Last Words Of My English Grandmother by William Carlos Williams 4 Comments
They call me and I go. Comments and analysis of Complaint by William Carlos Williams 3 Comments
This plot of ground Comments and analysis of Dedication For A Plot Of Ground by William Carlos Williams 6 Comments
This, with a face Comments and analysis of Item by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
Tracks of rain and light linger in Comments and analysis of Romance Moderne by William Carlos Williams 5 Comments
Upon the table in their bowl Comments and analysis of The Disputants by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
Vast and grey, the sky Comments and analysis of The Desolate Field by William Carlos Williams 4 Comments
Well, Lizzie Anderson! seventeen men—and Comments and analysis of To A Friend by William Carlos Williams 14 Comments
You know there is not much Comments and analysis of To A Friend Concerning Several Ladies by William Carlos Williams 40 Comments
Your thighs are appletrees Comments and analysis of Portrait Of A Lady by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments


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