About William Carlos Williams
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William Carlos Williams

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William Carlos William was born in Rutherford, New Jersey, in 1883. He lived there most of his life, practising medicine as a paediatrician. While staying at the Pennsylvania Medical School he became a friend of Ezra Pound and H. Dolittle, and was deeply influenced by Imagism. This was relocated in his first books, Poems (1909) and The Tempers (1913). The limitations of imagism soon led him to launch his own capaign to 'create somehow by intense, individual effort, a new - an American - poetic language'. In 1920 he wrote, 'I'll write whatever I damn please, whenever I damn please, and I as I damn please...' He published Al Que Quiere! In 1917 and many other volumes of poetry followed. His later collections included The Desert Music (1954), Journey to lveo (1955) and Pictures from Brueghel (1963), which won the Pulitzer Prize. Patterson, a long, structureless poem, appeared in five volumes between 1946-58. He wrote two volumes of essays, The Great American Novel (1923) and Selected Essays (1954); his collated plays, Many Loves; collections of stories, The Knife of the Times (1932), Life Along the Passaic River (1938), Make Light of It (1950) and The Farmers' Daughters (1961); and four novels, A Voyage to Pagany (1928), White Mule (1937), In the Money (1940) and The Build-Up (1952). He published an Autobiography (1951), Selected Letters (1957) and Yes, Mrs. Williams (1960), a memoir of his mother. William Carlos Willimas died in 1963.

He was described by one critic as 'remarkably alert to the subtler life of the senses: how it feels to be a growing thing of any kind, or to come into birth; how the freshness of the morning of the feel of a particular moment in a particular season impresses itself upon us; what impact the people glimpsed in myriad transitory situations have upon us at the moment of the event. This alertness is intimately related to his faith in the power of art to reveal the meaning of experienced reality and Evan as he say, "to right all wrongs".'

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