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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
38062 The Dance Comments and analysis of The Dance by William Carlos Williams 11 Comments
32917 A Sort Of A Song Comments and analysis of A Sort Of A Song by William Carlos Williams 390 Comments
28254 Portrait Of A Lady Comments and analysis of Portrait Of A Lady by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
22663 The Widow's Lament In Springtime Comments and analysis of The Widow's Lament In Springtime by William Carlos Williams 49 Comments
20022 Danse Russe Comments and analysis of Danse Russe by William Carlos Williams 29 Comments
18732 To A Poor Old Woman Comments and analysis of To A Poor Old Woman by William Carlos Williams 277 Comments
18183 The Hunters in the Snow Comments and analysis of The Hunters in the Snow by William Carlos Williams 73 Comments
18052 from "Asphodel, That Greeny Flower" Comments and analysis of from 8 Comments
17139 Willow Poem Comments and analysis of Willow Poem by William Carlos Williams 43 Comments
17087 To Waken An Old Lady Comments and analysis of To Waken An Old Lady by William Carlos Williams 32 Comments
16740 The Thing Comments and analysis of The Thing by William Carlos Williams 315 Comments
15025 Pastoral Comments and analysis of Pastoral by William Carlos Williams 475 Comments
14153 Winter Trees Comments and analysis of Winter Trees by William Carlos Williams 68 Comments
13656 A Goodnight
13020 To Elsie Comments and analysis of To Elsie by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
11445 A Celebration Comments and analysis of A Celebration by William Carlos Williams 270 Comments
10707 The Poem Comments and analysis of The Poem by William Carlos Williams 22 Comments
10509 Heel & Toe To The End Comments and analysis of Heel & Toe To The End by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
10256 The Cold Night
9697 Blizzard Comments and analysis of Blizzard by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
9680 Youth And Beauty
9215 Berket And The Stars Comments and analysis of Berket And The Stars by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
9170 Après le Bain Comments and analysis of Après le Bain by William Carlos Williams 46 Comments
9166 Overture To A Dance Of Locomotives Comments and analysis of Overture To A Dance Of Locomotives by William Carlos Williams 9 Comments
8472 Dedication For A Plot Of Ground Comments and analysis of Dedication For A Plot Of Ground by William Carlos Williams 6 Comments
8105 The Uses Of Poetry Comments and analysis of The Uses Of Poetry by William Carlos Williams 8 Comments
7745 To A Friend Comments and analysis of To A Friend by William Carlos Williams 14 Comments
7209 Suzanne
7116 The Defective Record Comments and analysis of The Defective Record by William Carlos Williams 3 Comments
6909 Approach Of Winter Comments and analysis of Approach Of Winter by William Carlos Williams 7 Comments
6903 Love Song Comments and analysis of Love Song by William Carlos Williams 27 Comments
6427 To A Friend Concerning Several Ladies Comments and analysis of To A Friend Concerning Several Ladies by William Carlos Williams 45 Comments
6412 Muier Comments and analysis of Muier by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
6178 The Soughing Wind Comments and analysis of The Soughing Wind by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
6166 Light Hearted William Comments and analysis of Light Hearted William by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
4953 Light Hearted Author Comments and analysis of Light Hearted Author by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
2604 The Ivy Crown Comments and analysis of The Ivy Crown by William Carlos Williams 292 Comments
2498 The Young Housewife Comments and analysis of The Young Housewife by William Carlos Williams 98 Comments
2405 Nantucket Comments and analysis of Nantucket by William Carlos Williams 13 Comments
2277 The Great Figure Comments and analysis of The Great Figure by William Carlos Williams 72 Comments
2219 The Red Wheelbarrow Comments and analysis of The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams 631 Comments
2170 Poem (As the cat) Comments and analysis of Poem (As the cat) by William Carlos Williams 28 Comments
2010 Tract Comments and analysis of Tract by William Carlos Williams 503 Comments
1849 April Is The Saddest Month Comments and analysis of April Is The Saddest Month by William Carlos Williams 5 Comments
1516 The Crowd At The Ball Game Comments and analysis of The Crowd At The Ball Game by William Carlos Williams 28 Comments
1497 The Term Comments and analysis of The Term by William Carlos Williams 17 Comments
1424 Spring And All Comments and analysis of Spring And All by William Carlos Williams 37 Comments
1193 Complaint Comments and analysis of Complaint by William Carlos Williams 3 Comments
1182 Aux Imagistes Comments and analysis of Aux Imagistes by William Carlos Williams 9 Comments
1039 The Late Singer Comments and analysis of The Late Singer by William Carlos Williams 4 Comments
1016 Complete Destruction Comments and analysis of Complete Destruction by William Carlos Williams 43 Comments
1007 Romance Moderne Comments and analysis of Romance Moderne by William Carlos Williams 12 Comments
697 Landscape With The Fall Of Icarus Comments and analysis of Landscape With The Fall Of Icarus by William Carlos Williams 20 Comments
631 This Is Just To Say Comments and analysis of This Is Just To Say by William Carlos Williams 278 Comments
308 Sympathetic Portrait Of A Child Comments and analysis of Sympathetic Portrait Of A Child by William Carlos Williams 37 Comments
225 Item Comments and analysis of Item by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
175 The Desolate Field Comments and analysis of The Desolate Field by William Carlos Williams 4 Comments
170 The Last Words Of My English Grandmother Comments and analysis of The Last Words Of My English Grandmother by William Carlos Williams 18 Comments
75 The Disputants Comments and analysis of The Disputants by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment


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