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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
37396 The Dance Comments and analysis of The Dance by William Carlos Williams 7 Comments
31865 A Sort Of A Song Comments and analysis of A Sort Of A Song by William Carlos Williams 370 Comments
27566 Portrait Of A Lady Comments and analysis of Portrait Of A Lady by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
22287 The Widow's Lament In Springtime Comments and analysis of The Widow's Lament In Springtime by William Carlos Williams 35 Comments
19554 Danse Russe Comments and analysis of Danse Russe by William Carlos Williams 13 Comments
18215 To A Poor Old Woman Comments and analysis of To A Poor Old Woman by William Carlos Williams 270 Comments
17488 from "Asphodel, That Greeny Flower" Comments and analysis of from 5 Comments
17010 The Hunters in the Snow Comments and analysis of The Hunters in the Snow by William Carlos Williams 63 Comments
16492 Willow Poem Comments and analysis of Willow Poem by William Carlos Williams 29 Comments
16467 To Waken An Old Lady Comments and analysis of To Waken An Old Lady by William Carlos Williams 22 Comments
15965 The Thing Comments and analysis of The Thing by William Carlos Williams 302 Comments
15475 The Last Words Of My English Grandmother Comments and analysis of The Last Words Of My English Grandmother by William Carlos Williams 9 Comments
14378 Pastoral Comments and analysis of Pastoral by William Carlos Williams 459 Comments
13598 Winter Trees Comments and analysis of Winter Trees by William Carlos Williams 63 Comments
13407 A Goodnight
12661 To Elsie Comments and analysis of To Elsie by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
12254 Sympathetic Portrait Of A Child Comments and analysis of Sympathetic Portrait Of A Child by William Carlos Williams 30 Comments
11024 A Celebration Comments and analysis of A Celebration by William Carlos Williams 263 Comments
10066 Heel & Toe To The End Comments and analysis of Heel & Toe To The End by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
9999 The Poem Comments and analysis of The Poem by William Carlos Williams 9 Comments
9955 The Cold Night
9378 Blizzard Comments and analysis of Blizzard by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
9343 Youth And Beauty
9105 The Desolate Field Comments and analysis of The Desolate Field by William Carlos Williams 4 Comments
8884 Berket And The Stars Comments and analysis of Berket And The Stars by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
8841 Après le Bain Comments and analysis of Après le Bain by William Carlos Williams 38 Comments
8626 Overture To A Dance Of Locomotives Comments and analysis of Overture To A Dance Of Locomotives by William Carlos Williams 6 Comments
8227 Dedication For A Plot Of Ground Comments and analysis of Dedication For A Plot Of Ground by William Carlos Williams 6 Comments
7833 The Uses Of Poetry Comments and analysis of The Uses Of Poetry by William Carlos Williams 5 Comments
7534 To A Friend Comments and analysis of To A Friend by William Carlos Williams 14 Comments
6847 Suzanne
6487 The Defective Record Comments and analysis of The Defective Record by William Carlos Williams 3 Comments
6472 Approach Of Winter Comments and analysis of Approach Of Winter by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
6441 Love Song Comments and analysis of Love Song by William Carlos Williams 19 Comments
6195 To A Friend Concerning Several Ladies Comments and analysis of To A Friend Concerning Several Ladies by William Carlos Williams 41 Comments
6121 Item Comments and analysis of Item by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
6108 Muier Comments and analysis of Muier by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
5905 Light Hearted William Comments and analysis of Light Hearted William by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
5841 The Soughing Wind Comments and analysis of The Soughing Wind by William Carlos Williams 2 Comments
4676 Light Hearted Author Comments and analysis of Light Hearted Author by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
4135 The Disputants Comments and analysis of The Disputants by William Carlos Williams 1 Comment
2869 The Ivy Crown Comments and analysis of The Ivy Crown by William Carlos Williams 281 Comments
2035 Landscape With The Fall Of Icarus Comments and analysis of Landscape With The Fall Of Icarus by William Carlos Williams 13 Comments
1819 This Is Just To Say Comments and analysis of This Is Just To Say by William Carlos Williams 252 Comments
1659 The Great Figure Comments and analysis of The Great Figure by William Carlos Williams 60 Comments
1571 The Red Wheelbarrow Comments and analysis of The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams 606 Comments
1506 Poem (As the cat) Comments and analysis of Poem (As the cat) by William Carlos Williams 22 Comments
1367 Tract Comments and analysis of Tract by William Carlos Williams 500 Comments
1302 April Is The Saddest Month Comments and analysis of April Is The Saddest Month by William Carlos Williams 4 Comments
1118 The Young Housewife Comments and analysis of The Young Housewife by William Carlos Williams 89 Comments
1115 Nantucket Comments and analysis of Nantucket by William Carlos Williams 9 Comments
1068 The Crowd At The Ball Game Comments and analysis of The Crowd At The Ball Game by William Carlos Williams 17 Comments
941 The Term Comments and analysis of The Term by William Carlos Williams 8 Comments
830 Aux Imagistes Comments and analysis of Aux Imagistes by William Carlos Williams 6 Comments
803 Complaint Comments and analysis of Complaint by William Carlos Williams 3 Comments
648 Romance Moderne Comments and analysis of Romance Moderne by William Carlos Williams 8 Comments
637 The Late Singer Comments and analysis of The Late Singer by William Carlos Williams 3 Comments
153 Spring And All Comments and analysis of Spring And All by William Carlos Williams 19 Comments
109 Complete Destruction Comments and analysis of Complete Destruction by William Carlos Williams 31 Comments


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