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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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51691 Spring And All Comments and analysis of Spring And All by William Carlos Williams 16 Comments
37212 The Dance Comments and analysis of The Dance by William Carlos Williams 7 Comments
31665 A Sort Of A Song Comments and analysis of A Sort Of A Song by William Carlos Williams 362 Comments
27361 Portrait Of A Lady Comments and analysis of Portrait Of A Lady by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
22200 The Widow's Lament In Springtime Comments and analysis of The Widow's Lament In Springtime by William Carlos Williams 32 Comments
19466 Danse Russe Comments and analysis of Danse Russe by William Carlos Williams 9 Comments
18105 To A Poor Old Woman Comments and analysis of To A Poor Old Woman by William Carlos Williams 264 Comments
17373 from "Asphodel, That Greeny Flower" Comments and analysis of from 4 Comments
16792 The Hunters in the Snow Comments and analysis of The Hunters in the Snow by William Carlos Williams 60 Comments
16350 Willow Poem Comments and analysis of Willow Poem by William Carlos Williams 26 Comments
16349 To Waken An Old Lady Comments and analysis of To Waken An Old Lady by William Carlos Williams 21 Comments
15851 The Thing Comments and analysis of The Thing by William Carlos Williams 295 Comments
15318 The Last Words Of My English Grandmother Comments and analysis of The Last Words Of My English Grandmother by William Carlos Williams 7 Comments
14288 Pastoral Comments and analysis of Pastoral by William Carlos Williams 449 Comments
13514 Winter Trees Comments and analysis of Winter Trees by William Carlos Williams 63 Comments
13366 A Goodnight
12610 To Elsie Comments and analysis of To Elsie by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
12071 Sympathetic Portrait Of A Child Comments and analysis of Sympathetic Portrait Of A Child by William Carlos Williams 29 Comments
10960 A Celebration Comments and analysis of A Celebration by William Carlos Williams 259 Comments
10014 Heel & Toe To The End Comments and analysis of Heel & Toe To The End by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
9928 The Poem Comments and analysis of The Poem by William Carlos Williams 6 Comments
9910 The Cold Night
9323 Blizzard Comments and analysis of Blizzard by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
9278 Youth And Beauty
9023 The Desolate Field Comments and analysis of The Desolate Field by William Carlos Williams 4 Comments
8822 Berket And The Stars Comments and analysis of Berket And The Stars by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
8773 Après le Bain Comments and analysis of Après le Bain by William Carlos Williams 33 Comments
8485 Overture To A Dance Of Locomotives Comments and analysis of Overture To A Dance Of Locomotives by William Carlos Williams 6 Comments
8182 Dedication For A Plot Of Ground Comments and analysis of Dedication For A Plot Of Ground by William Carlos Williams 6 Comments
7784 The Uses Of Poetry Comments and analysis of The Uses Of Poetry by William Carlos Williams 5 Comments
7506 To A Friend Comments and analysis of To A Friend by William Carlos Williams 14 Comments
6795 Suzanne
6421 Approach Of Winter Comments and analysis of Approach Of Winter by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
6378 The Defective Record Comments and analysis of The Defective Record by William Carlos Williams 3 Comments
6342 Love Song Comments and analysis of Love Song by William Carlos Williams 19 Comments
6155 To A Friend Concerning Several Ladies Comments and analysis of To A Friend Concerning Several Ladies by William Carlos Williams 41 Comments
6085 Item Comments and analysis of Item by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
6063 Muier Comments and analysis of Muier by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
5862 Light Hearted William Comments and analysis of Light Hearted William by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
5808 The Soughing Wind Comments and analysis of The Soughing Wind by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
4619 Light Hearted Author Comments and analysis of Light Hearted Author by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
4099 The Disputants Comments and analysis of The Disputants by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
2852 Complete Destruction Comments and analysis of Complete Destruction by William Carlos Williams 31 Comments
2631 The Ivy Crown Comments and analysis of The Ivy Crown by William Carlos Williams 279 Comments
1827 Landscape With The Fall Of Icarus Comments and analysis of Landscape With The Fall Of Icarus by William Carlos Williams 13 Comments
1556 The Great Figure Comments and analysis of The Great Figure by William Carlos Williams 57 Comments
1453 The Red Wheelbarrow Comments and analysis of The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams 595 Comments
1372 Poem (As the cat) Comments and analysis of Poem (As the cat) by William Carlos Williams 20 Comments
1275 This Is Just To Say Comments and analysis of This Is Just To Say by William Carlos Williams 243 Comments
1223 Tract Comments and analysis of Tract by William Carlos Williams 497 Comments
1200 April Is The Saddest Month Comments and analysis of April Is The Saddest Month by William Carlos Williams 4 Comments
985 The Crowd At The Ball Game Comments and analysis of The Crowd At The Ball Game by William Carlos Williams 17 Comments
860 Nantucket Comments and analysis of Nantucket by William Carlos Williams 9 Comments
855 The Young Housewife Comments and analysis of The Young Housewife by William Carlos Williams 86 Comments
853 The Term Comments and analysis of The Term by William Carlos Williams 6 Comments
757 Complaint Comments and analysis of Complaint by William Carlos Williams 3 Comments
745 Aux Imagistes Comments and analysis of Aux Imagistes by William Carlos Williams 4 Comments
590 The Late Singer Comments and analysis of The Late Singer by William Carlos Williams 3 Comments
586 Romance Moderne Comments and analysis of Romance Moderne by William Carlos Williams 7 Comments


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