He was also a pediatrician and general practitioner of medicine, having graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
Initial Efforts[ edit ] Ininfluenced by his reading of the novel Ulysses by James JoyceWilliam Carlos Williams wrote an line poem entitled "Paterson"; this poem subsequently won the Dial Award. He wrote the poem "Paterson, Episode 17" in and would recycle it into the major work 10 years later.
Eliotwhich with its overall tone of disillusionment had tapped into a much larger sense of cultural ennui that had arisen in the aftermath of World War I and become a touchstone for the Lost Generation.
Eliot or William Carlos Williams, and Paterson was, from its very conception, intended to be a 'detailed reply' SL, to the Eliot bias of modern poetry. While Williams noted that Pound, in Mariani's words, "had managed to lift the language to new heights," he had also "deformed the natural order of speech at times I too have to escape from my own modes.
In Decemberhe wrote Laughlin, "I write and destroy, write and destroy.
The first negative review I ever got was for a poem I published in my college lit mag. Titled “In a Booth at the Waffle House,” it was a throwback to Ezra Pound’s “In a Station of the Metro,” and it was about Waffle House chocolate pie, and I was seriously proud of it. Walt Whitman - Poet - Born on May 31, , Walt Whitman is the author of Leaves of Grass and, along with Emily Dickinson, is considered one of the architects of a uniquely American poetic voice. I've been reading William Carlos Williams since the seventies. His poetry was ground breaking at the time of there release, and to me, they are still as good as they were when they were first written.
Muriel Rukeyser 's US1 also caught Williams' attention for its use, with a technical skill that seemed to rival Pound's in The Cantos, of such diverse and seemingly prosaic materials as notes from a congressional investigation, an X-ray report and a physician's testimony on cross-examination.
So much has to be thought out and written out there before we can have any solid criticism and consequently well-grounded work here. Vazakas had written to Williams before the poem had appeared. Williams now wrote Vazakas, praising him for the piece and urging him to collect some of his work into a book.
He also asked to see more of Vazakas's work as soon as possible. According to Mariani, the way Vazakas combined "a long prose line" and "a sharply defined, jagged-edged stanza" to stand independent of each other yet remain mutually complementary suggested a formal solution.
This delayed its appearance in print to June He prepared for the writing of Paterson in this way: I started to make trips to the area. I walked around the streets; I went on Sundays in summer when the people were using the park, and I listened to their conversation as much as I could.
I saw whatever they did, and made it part of the poem. With roots in his [short] poem [also entitled] "Paterson," Williams took the city as "my 'case' to work up.
It called for a poetry such as I did not know, it was my duty to discover or make such a context on the 'thought'. On a worksheet for the poem, he wrote, "Make it factual as the Life is factual-almost casual-always sensual-usually visual: Williams considered, but ultimately rejected, putting footnotes into the work describing some facts.
Still, the style of the poem allowed for many opportunities to incorporate 'factual information', including portions of his own correspondence with the American poet Marcia Nardi and fellow New Jersey poet Allen Ginsberg as well as historical letters and articles concerning figures from Paterson's past like Sam Patch and Mrs.
Cumming that figure thematically into the poem. In the process of calling Paterson an "'Ars Poetica' for contemporary America," Dudley Fitts complained, "it is a pity that those who might benefit most from it will inevitably be put off by its obscurities and difficulties.
There has never been a poem more American. Paterson has been getting rather steadily worse [with each subsequent Book] All three later books are worse organized, more eccentric and idiosyncratic, more self-indulgent, than the first.
And yet that is not the point, the real point: National Book Award was reestablished in with awards by the book industry to authors of books in three categories.William Carlos Williams (–) emerged alongside Pound, Eliot, Stevens, Frost, and Yeats as one of the foremost poets of the 20th century.
Walt Whitman - Poet - Born on May 31, , Walt Whitman is the author of Leaves of Grass and, along with Emily Dickinson, is considered one of the architects of a uniquely American poetic voice.
Linda Wagner-Martin. Williams, William Carlos (17 Sept. Mar. ), author and physician, was born in Rutherford, New Jersey, the son of William George Williams, a New York businessman of British extraction, and .
William Carlos Williams, (born Sept.
17, , Rutherford, N.J., U.S.—died March 4, , Rutherford), American poet who succeeded in making the ordinary appear extraordinary through the clarity and discreteness of his imagery.
William Carlos Williams, part of the Imagist movement in American literature, spent his life trying to convey the American experience. Read about his life, his struggles, and what makes his poetry. William Carlos Williams was born the first of two sons of an English father and a Puerto Rican mother of French, Dutch, Spanish, and Jewish ancestry, and he grew up in Rutherford, New Jersey.
He was a medical doctor, poet, novelist, essayist, and playwright.