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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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Page ViewsPoemComments
51255 Spring And All Comments and analysis of Spring And All by William Carlos Williams 16 Comments
37095 The Dance Comments and analysis of The Dance by William Carlos Williams 7 Comments
31507 A Sort Of A Song Comments and analysis of A Sort Of A Song by William Carlos Williams 361 Comments
27238 Portrait Of A Lady Comments and analysis of Portrait Of A Lady by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
22051 The Widow's Lament In Springtime Comments and analysis of The Widow's Lament In Springtime by William Carlos Williams 32 Comments
19407 Danse Russe Comments and analysis of Danse Russe by William Carlos Williams 9 Comments
18022 To A Poor Old Woman Comments and analysis of To A Poor Old Woman by William Carlos Williams 264 Comments
17303 from "Asphodel, That Greeny Flower" Comments and analysis of from 4 Comments
16649 The Hunters in the Snow Comments and analysis of The Hunters in the Snow by William Carlos Williams 60 Comments
16228 To Waken An Old Lady Comments and analysis of To Waken An Old Lady by William Carlos Williams 21 Comments
16214 Willow Poem Comments and analysis of Willow Poem by William Carlos Williams 25 Comments
15766 The Thing Comments and analysis of The Thing by William Carlos Williams 295 Comments
15207 The Last Words Of My English Grandmother Comments and analysis of The Last Words Of My English Grandmother by William Carlos Williams 7 Comments
14196 Pastoral Comments and analysis of Pastoral by William Carlos Williams 449 Comments
13452 Winter Trees Comments and analysis of Winter Trees by William Carlos Williams 63 Comments
13323 A Goodnight
12566 To Elsie Comments and analysis of To Elsie by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
11956 Sympathetic Portrait Of A Child Comments and analysis of Sympathetic Portrait Of A Child by William Carlos Williams 29 Comments
10905 A Celebration Comments and analysis of A Celebration by William Carlos Williams 259 Comments
9963 Heel & Toe To The End Comments and analysis of Heel & Toe To The End by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
9875 The Poem Comments and analysis of The Poem by William Carlos Williams 6 Comments
9874 The Cold Night
9285 Blizzard Comments and analysis of Blizzard by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
9230 Youth And Beauty
8970 The Desolate Field Comments and analysis of The Desolate Field by William Carlos Williams 4 Comments
8781 Berket And The Stars Comments and analysis of Berket And The Stars by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
8722 Après le Bain Comments and analysis of Après le Bain by William Carlos Williams 32 Comments
8428 Overture To A Dance Of Locomotives Comments and analysis of Overture To A Dance Of Locomotives by William Carlos Williams 6 Comments
8145 Dedication For A Plot Of Ground Comments and analysis of Dedication For A Plot Of Ground by William Carlos Williams 6 Comments
7755 The Uses Of Poetry Comments and analysis of The Uses Of Poetry by William Carlos Williams 5 Comments
7478 To A Friend Comments and analysis of To A Friend by William Carlos Williams 14 Comments
6758 Suzanne
6369 Approach Of Winter Comments and analysis of Approach Of Winter by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
6317 The Defective Record Comments and analysis of The Defective Record by William Carlos Williams 3 Comments
6272 Love Song Comments and analysis of Love Song by William Carlos Williams 19 Comments
6127 To A Friend Concerning Several Ladies Comments and analysis of To A Friend Concerning Several Ladies by William Carlos Williams 41 Comments
6036 Item Comments and analysis of Item by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
6032 Muier Comments and analysis of Muier by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
5816 Light Hearted William Comments and analysis of Light Hearted William by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
5780 The Soughing Wind Comments and analysis of The Soughing Wind by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
4584 Light Hearted Author Comments and analysis of Light Hearted Author by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
4061 The Disputants Comments and analysis of The Disputants by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
2642 Complete Destruction Comments and analysis of Complete Destruction by William Carlos Williams 30 Comments
2472 The Ivy Crown Comments and analysis of The Ivy Crown by William Carlos Williams 279 Comments
1709 Landscape With The Fall Of Icarus Comments and analysis of Landscape With The Fall Of Icarus by William Carlos Williams 13 Comments
1464 The Great Figure Comments and analysis of The Great Figure by William Carlos Williams 57 Comments
1357 The Red Wheelbarrow Comments and analysis of The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams 595 Comments
1256 Poem (As the cat) Comments and analysis of Poem (As the cat) by William Carlos Williams 20 Comments
1116 Tract Comments and analysis of Tract by William Carlos Williams 497 Comments
1111 April Is The Saddest Month Comments and analysis of April Is The Saddest Month by William Carlos Williams 4 Comments
961 This Is Just To Say Comments and analysis of This Is Just To Say by William Carlos Williams 243 Comments
941 The Crowd At The Ball Game Comments and analysis of The Crowd At The Ball Game by William Carlos Williams 17 Comments
761 The Term Comments and analysis of The Term by William Carlos Williams 6 Comments
725 Complaint Comments and analysis of Complaint by William Carlos Williams 3 Comments
715 Aux Imagistes Comments and analysis of Aux Imagistes by William Carlos Williams 4 Comments
703 Nantucket Comments and analysis of Nantucket by William Carlos Williams 9 Comments
619 The Young Housewife Comments and analysis of The Young Housewife by William Carlos Williams 86 Comments
552 The Late Singer Comments and analysis of The Late Singer by William Carlos Williams 3 Comments
540 Romance Moderne Comments and analysis of Romance Moderne by William Carlos Williams 7 Comments


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