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William Carlos Williams

(17 September 1883 – 4 March 1963 / New Jersey)

William Carlos Williams
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an American poet closely associated with modernism and Imagism. He was also a pediatrician and general practitioner of medicine, having graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Williams "worked harder at being a writer than he did at being a physician"; but during his lifetime, Williams excelled at both.

Biography

Early Years

Williams was born in Rutherford, New Jersey to an English father and a Puerto Rican mother. He received his primary and secondary education in Rutherford until 1897, when he was sent for two years to a school near Geneva and to the Lycée Condorcet in Paris. He attended the Horace Mann High School upon his return ... more »

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  • ''Poe gives the sense for the first time in America, that literature is serious, not a matter of courtesy but of truth.''
    William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), U.S. poet. (First published 1925). "In the American Grain," The Recognition of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. E.W. Carlson ...
  • ''Afraid lest he be caught up in a net of words, tripped up, bewildered and so defeated—thrown aside—a man hesitates to write down his innermost convictions.''
    William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), U.S. poet. Journal entry for July 7, 1929. The Embodiment Of Knowledge (1974).
  • ''The pure products of America go crazy—mountain folk from Kentucky or the ribbed north end of Jersey with its isolate lakes and valleys, its deaf-mutes, thieves.''
    William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), U.S. poet. "To Elsie," Spring and All (1923).
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  • Rookie - 18 Points Koena Mokoena (1/25/2012 4:48:00 AM)

    I believe it is great to know who you really are, hence i am heading straight to my ambition. I also compose poems, but this has created a positive impact in my career. Your correspondence will be highly appreciated.

    Have a nice day!

    Mr. Koena France Mokoena
    Country: South Africa
    Website: www.poemhunter.com/kfmproductions

  • Rookie Andrea Hatcher (12/18/2011 1:09:00 PM)

    Where is 'The Ivy Crown'?

  • Rookie - 0 Points Rosa Jamali (6/1/2008 2:42:00 PM)

    How fascinating is the way images capture your mind, like a painting, a journey through the images...

  • Rookie Jose Tadeu Agneli Filippini (7/16/2006 5:13:00 AM)

    William Carlos Williams in his poem: 'A Sort of a Song' gives us a real
    'ARS POETICA'.A motto for all of us: 'and the writing be of words' and an ideal:
    'Compose. (No ideas but in things) Invent! '

  • Rookie Seán O' Muiriosa (7/12/2006 5:45:00 PM)

    I think what Carlos Williams does with form is exceptional and something truely brilliant.

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