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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
37913 The Dance Comments and analysis of The Dance by William Carlos Williams 11 Comments
32692 A Sort Of A Song Comments and analysis of A Sort Of A Song by William Carlos Williams 390 Comments
28076 Portrait Of A Lady Comments and analysis of Portrait Of A Lady by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
22572 The Widow's Lament In Springtime Comments and analysis of The Widow's Lament In Springtime by William Carlos Williams 47 Comments
19913 Danse Russe Comments and analysis of Danse Russe by William Carlos Williams 29 Comments
18637 To A Poor Old Woman Comments and analysis of To A Poor Old Woman by William Carlos Williams 277 Comments
17986 The Hunters in the Snow Comments and analysis of The Hunters in the Snow by William Carlos Williams 73 Comments
17887 from "Asphodel, That Greeny Flower" Comments and analysis of from 8 Comments
16986 Willow Poem Comments and analysis of Willow Poem by William Carlos Williams 43 Comments
16939 To Waken An Old Lady Comments and analysis of To Waken An Old Lady by William Carlos Williams 32 Comments
16440 The Thing Comments and analysis of The Thing by William Carlos Williams 315 Comments
15911 The Last Words Of My English Grandmother Comments and analysis of The Last Words Of My English Grandmother by William Carlos Williams 16 Comments
14865 Pastoral Comments and analysis of Pastoral by William Carlos Williams 471 Comments
14062 Winter Trees Comments and analysis of Winter Trees by William Carlos Williams 68 Comments
13597 A Goodnight
12936 To Elsie Comments and analysis of To Elsie by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
11308 A Celebration Comments and analysis of A Celebration by William Carlos Williams 268 Comments
10559 The Poem Comments and analysis of The Poem by William Carlos Williams 20 Comments
10410 Heel & Toe To The End Comments and analysis of Heel & Toe To The End by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
10180 The Cold Night
9637 Blizzard Comments and analysis of Blizzard by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
9598 Youth And Beauty
9134 Berket And The Stars Comments and analysis of Berket And The Stars by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
9075 Après le Bain Comments and analysis of Après le Bain by William Carlos Williams 46 Comments
9046 Overture To A Dance Of Locomotives Comments and analysis of Overture To A Dance Of Locomotives by William Carlos Williams 7 Comments
8421 Dedication For A Plot Of Ground Comments and analysis of Dedication For A Plot Of Ground by William Carlos Williams 6 Comments
8043 The Uses Of Poetry Comments and analysis of The Uses Of Poetry by William Carlos Williams 8 Comments
7707 To A Friend Comments and analysis of To A Friend by William Carlos Williams 14 Comments
7152 Suzanne
7012 The Defective Record Comments and analysis of The Defective Record by William Carlos Williams 3 Comments
6811 Approach Of Winter Comments and analysis of Approach Of Winter by William Carlos Williams 5 Comments
6758 Love Song Comments and analysis of Love Song by William Carlos Williams 27 Comments
6377 To A Friend Concerning Several Ladies Comments and analysis of To A Friend Concerning Several Ladies by William Carlos Williams 45 Comments
6335 Muier Comments and analysis of Muier by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
6124 The Soughing Wind Comments and analysis of The Soughing Wind by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
6114 Light Hearted William Comments and analysis of Light Hearted William by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
4886 Light Hearted Author Comments and analysis of Light Hearted Author by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
2258 The Young Housewife Comments and analysis of The Young Housewife by William Carlos Williams 98 Comments
2207 Nantucket Comments and analysis of Nantucket by William Carlos Williams 13 Comments
2143 The Great Figure Comments and analysis of The Great Figure by William Carlos Williams 72 Comments
2090 The Red Wheelbarrow Comments and analysis of The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams 631 Comments
2056 Poem (As the cat) Comments and analysis of Poem (As the cat) by William Carlos Williams 28 Comments
1848 The Ivy Crown Comments and analysis of The Ivy Crown by William Carlos Williams 292 Comments
1843 Tract Comments and analysis of Tract by William Carlos Williams 503 Comments
1722 April Is The Saddest Month Comments and analysis of April Is The Saddest Month by William Carlos Williams 5 Comments
1417 The Crowd At The Ball Game Comments and analysis of The Crowd At The Ball Game by William Carlos Williams 26 Comments
1381 The Term Comments and analysis of The Term by William Carlos Williams 17 Comments
1189 Spring And All Comments and analysis of Spring And All by William Carlos Williams 35 Comments
1124 Aux Imagistes Comments and analysis of Aux Imagistes by William Carlos Williams 9 Comments
1093 Complaint Comments and analysis of Complaint by William Carlos Williams 3 Comments
956 Romance Moderne Comments and analysis of Romance Moderne by William Carlos Williams 12 Comments
943 The Late Singer Comments and analysis of The Late Singer by William Carlos Williams 4 Comments
845 Complete Destruction Comments and analysis of Complete Destruction by William Carlos Williams 41 Comments
514 Landscape With The Fall Of Icarus Comments and analysis of Landscape With The Fall Of Icarus by William Carlos Williams 20 Comments
165 Item Comments and analysis of Item by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
158 Sympathetic Portrait Of A Child Comments and analysis of Sympathetic Portrait Of A Child by William Carlos Williams 37 Comments
95 This Is Just To Say Comments and analysis of This Is Just To Say by William Carlos Williams 276 Comments
74 The Desolate Field Comments and analysis of The Desolate Field by William Carlos Williams 4 Comments
34 The Disputants Comments and analysis of The Disputants by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment


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