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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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60916 The Young Housewife Comments and analysis of The Young Housewife by William Carlos Williams 83 Comments
49191 Spring And All Comments and analysis of Spring And All by William Carlos Williams 15 Comments
36259 The Dance Comments and analysis of The Dance by William Carlos Williams 7 Comments
30742 A Sort Of A Song Comments and analysis of A Sort Of A Song by William Carlos Williams 225 Comments
26532 Portrait Of A Lady Comments and analysis of Portrait Of A Lady by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
21696 The Widow's Lament In Springtime Comments and analysis of The Widow's Lament In Springtime by William Carlos Williams 26 Comments
18935 Danse Russe Comments and analysis of Danse Russe by William Carlos Williams 8 Comments
17551 To A Poor Old Woman Comments and analysis of To A Poor Old Woman by William Carlos Williams 133 Comments
15594 Willow Poem Comments and analysis of Willow Poem by William Carlos Williams 22 Comments
15574 To Waken An Old Lady Comments and analysis of To Waken An Old Lady by William Carlos Williams 19 Comments
15325 The Thing Comments and analysis of The Thing by William Carlos Williams 156 Comments
15185 Nantucket Comments and analysis of Nantucket by William Carlos Williams 7 Comments
14986 The Hunters in the Snow Comments and analysis of The Hunters in the Snow by William Carlos Williams 55 Comments
14655 The Last Words Of My English Grandmother Comments and analysis of The Last Words Of My English Grandmother by William Carlos Williams 4 Comments
13719 Pastoral Comments and analysis of Pastoral by William Carlos Williams 195 Comments
13083 A Goodnight
13001 Winter Trees Comments and analysis of Winter Trees by William Carlos Williams 58 Comments
12335 To Elsie Comments and analysis of To Elsie by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
11201 Sympathetic Portrait Of A Child Comments and analysis of Sympathetic Portrait Of A Child by William Carlos Williams 25 Comments
10589 A Celebration Comments and analysis of A Celebration by William Carlos Williams 117 Comments
9666 The Cold Night
9630 Heel & Toe To The End Comments and analysis of Heel & Toe To The End by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
9499 The Poem Comments and analysis of The Poem by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
8982 Blizzard Comments and analysis of Blizzard by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
8944 Youth And Beauty
8700 The Desolate Field Comments and analysis of The Desolate Field by William Carlos Williams 4 Comments
8554 Berket And The Stars Comments and analysis of Berket And The Stars by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
8444 Après le Bain Comments and analysis of Après le Bain by William Carlos Williams 28 Comments
7943 Dedication For A Plot Of Ground Comments and analysis of Dedication For A Plot Of Ground by William Carlos Williams 6 Comments
7864 Overture To A Dance Of Locomotives Comments and analysis of Overture To A Dance Of Locomotives by William Carlos Williams 3 Comments
7492 The Uses Of Poetry Comments and analysis of The Uses Of Poetry by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
7308 To A Friend Comments and analysis of To A Friend by William Carlos Williams 14 Comments
6418 Suzanne
6021 Approach Of Winter
5904 Love Song Comments and analysis of Love Song by William Carlos Williams 15 Comments
5890 To A Friend Concerning Several Ladies Comments and analysis of To A Friend Concerning Several Ladies by William Carlos Williams 38 Comments
5887 Item Comments and analysis of Item by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
5813 Muier Comments and analysis of Muier by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
5809 The Defective Record Comments and analysis of The Defective Record by William Carlos Williams 3 Comments
5573 The Soughing Wind Comments and analysis of The Soughing Wind by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
5570 Light Hearted William Comments and analysis of Light Hearted William by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
4379 Light Hearted Author Comments and analysis of Light Hearted Author by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
3897 The Disputants Comments and analysis of The Disputants by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
3526 This Is Just To Say Comments and analysis of This Is Just To Say by William Carlos Williams 224 Comments
1658 Complete Destruction Comments and analysis of Complete Destruction by William Carlos Williams 22 Comments
1132 The Ivy Crown Comments and analysis of The Ivy Crown by William Carlos Williams 145 Comments
970 Landscape With The Fall Of Icarus Comments and analysis of Landscape With The Fall Of Icarus by William Carlos Williams 12 Comments
894 The Great Figure Comments and analysis of The Great Figure by William Carlos Williams 52 Comments
756 The Red Wheelbarrow Comments and analysis of The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams 321 Comments
678 Poem (As the cat) Comments and analysis of Poem (As the cat) by William Carlos Williams 19 Comments
618 April Is The Saddest Month Comments and analysis of April Is The Saddest Month by William Carlos Williams 3 Comments
573 Tract Comments and analysis of Tract by William Carlos Williams 208 Comments
550 The Crowd At The Ball Game Comments and analysis of The Crowd At The Ball Game by William Carlos Williams 15 Comments
519 from "Asphodel, That Greeny Flower" Comments and analysis of from 2 Comments
458 The Term Comments and analysis of The Term by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
431 Aux Imagistes Comments and analysis of Aux Imagistes by William Carlos Williams 4 Comments
430 Complaint Comments and analysis of Complaint by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
306 The Late Singer Comments and analysis of The Late Singer by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
263 Romance Moderne Comments and analysis of Romance Moderne by William Carlos Williams 3 Comments


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