Read Selected Poems Online Free - Opening with Professor Tomlinson's superbly clear and helpful introduction this selection reflects the most up-to-date Williams scholarship. In addition to including many more pieces, Tomlinson has organized the whole in chronological order.
It isn't what he [the poet] says that counts as a work of art," Williams maintained, "it's what he makes, with such intensity of purpose that it lives with an intrinsic movement of its own to verify its authenticity.
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December 11, 2010
This Is Just to Say
I have finished
was edited by
I am sorry
for it was lovely
February 06, 2017
the faces are raised
as toward the light
there is no detail extraneous
You know, I credit Mike Puma with this turn, oh and Robert Zimmerman and maybe Ezra Pound. All these loose associations led a curious thrust into verse these last days of 2015. It might prove habit forming. There is something rem...
April 28, 2010
William Carlos Williams frustrates me. I just don't get him, and that makes me mad.
He writes stuff like this:
"so much depends
a red wheel
glazed with rain
beside the white
and I don't know what the hell he's talking about. In my poetry class we spent at least 45 minutes disc...
March 21, 2013
Analysis of "Young Woman at a window"
As it happened with Ezra Pound's poem "In a Station of the Metro", which was at first a thirty lines poem reduced finally to two verses, we are confronted by two versions of the same poem by Williams. In both cases, the second versions were reduced an...
March 17, 2015
Poetry stripped of its wreaths and laurels, made sharp, laconic, and painful. At one point, Williams notes how the remains of a shattered cathedral window strewn out on the ground is of greater value than its original form. He is perpetually angry at a static world, complacent in its old age. So...
December 09, 2008
This is what poetry should be - unabashed, symbolic, conversational, creative and reflective of a view mainly outside of oneself in the sense that is has something to cause others to 'go outside', too. Stylistically, Williams is hard to beat - layers of subtle rhymes, repeats in the right places,...
February 05, 2015
i dont think ill ever be a
fan of william carlos williams what kind of
dude does the
the kind with a lastname first name the
same as his last
he didnt only write in
adverbscostextra but also
jagged modern or
excised of canvas in his
a real forma...
June 10, 2009
I have known that cat (p70) and I thrill in the knowledge that you have given in to the need for plums.. (p74). I cannot resist a quiet visit with WCW every once in a while, to celebrate the simply elaborate human condition.
September 08, 2017
I like these poems, they are long and mostly short, subject specific and place oriented, both plain and flourished. With a gr's wink here is a few stanzas from book three "The Library" from "Paterson."
'A cool of books
will sometimes lead the mind to libraries
of a hot afternoon, if books can be f...
April 05, 2008
Basically, if anybody wants to understand contemporary free verse in America, they should read Whitman first, and Williams second. Williams pioneered the simple, seemingly effortless looking poem that relied on vivid imagery and line breaks as organizational principals.