wcwillia.jpgWiliam Carlos Williams, one of the many great poets of the 1920's. He made such epics like Kora in Hell,Spring in All ,Pictures from Brueghel, and Paterson. He was born in Rutherford, New Jersey on September 17,1883. Williams was a very bright and intelligent man. He spoke spanish,english, and French. When he was 14, he was schooled in Switzerland. Then he finished his junior year in Paris, France. He then moved back to the states and graduated from high school in New York and was accepted into dental school. He attended the University of Pennysylvania. But, since he couldn't make up his mind, he then went on to medical school. During his medical years, he met Ezra Pound. Pound was one of Williams's closest friend, and one of his biggest influences. He also met Hilda Doolittle and Charles Demuth. Charles Demuth was an artist. Since Williams's mother was an artist also, he tried painting. While this was happening, he was doing internships at a childrens hospital in New York. One of his colleagues, Florence Herman, Was a doctor there. So Herman told Williams that she will wait for him to finsh school and then he will be offered a job there. Meanwhile, he had a great fascination for poetry. In 1909, he got his first poem collection published. Then in 1912, Williams married Florence. In 1913, He got his second collection published. He became so overconfident in his work that he strived more to be a writer than a physician. His third volume of poetry was published in 1917. But his third volume had relatively negative reviews. So he stopped writing about things about the real world and fell into the love of fiction. His work really took off here. He made Kora in Hell, one of his most famous pieces of poetry.

A piece from Kora in Hell:

One may write music but who will dance to it?
The dance escapes but the music, the music projects a dance
Over itself which the feet which the feet follow lazily at all.
So a dance is a thing in itself. it is the music that dances but if
There are words then there are two dancers, the word pirouetting with the music.


Since Williams thought he needed to connect with his inner earth, he named his fourth volume of poetry Spring in all. In 1923, he appeared in one of Ezra Pound's collections. In 1928, while his wife was traveling and children having school in Europe, he created his first ever novel, called A Voyage of Pagany. This was one of his first romantic novels he had written. His fame was short lived though because of the great depression. He lost a lot of money because of this and was about to give up on his poetry career. But he had to get his act together to support his family. He then created New Masses, Anvil, and New Review in the 1930's. Around the time when World War II struck america, Williams made a poetry collection called The Wedge. Then in 1950 he was awarded the National Book Award. This was the time where his writing peaked.

But, in 1955, he had a paralyzing stroke. This confined him to a wheelchair and impaired his speech. This slowed his writing productivity down a lot. But, he then published Yes, Mrs. Williams in 1959. Then in 1963, he published his last collection, Pictures from Brueghel, which later went on to win th Pulitzer Prize for.

But then, tragedy struck when he died that same year he won the Pulitzer Prize in Paterson, New Jersey. Williams was known across the world as one of the many great poets. His home in Paterson is now the National Register of Historic Places. He made so many poems, and all of them were unique in their own way.
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LINKS:
Kora in Hell:
http://www.archive.org/stream/korainhellimprov00willrich/korainhellimprov00willrich_djvu.txt
Spring in All:
http://people.virginia.edu/~sfr/enam312/2004/wcwspring.html
Pictures From Brueghel:
http://wcwbrueghelpoetry.blogspot.com/
Paterson:
http://oldpoetry.com/opoem/35372-William-Carlos-Williams-from-Book-I--Paterson
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Summer Song

Wanderer moon
smiling a
faintly ironical smile
at this
brilliant, dew-moistened
summer morning-
a detached
sleepily indifferent
smile, a
wanderers smile,-
if I should
buy a shirt
your color
and put on a necktie
sky blue
where would you carry me?
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Reflection:

While working on this project, i believe that there are things to be said. I believe that the thing that stands put the most to me is the amount of work Williams had achieved in his life. He won 2 awards (Pulitzer and Dial) and he wrote a large amount of poems. Even when he was confined to a wheelchair, he still manged to publish more books. In my writing experience, i believed that used too much time on his life and career rather than working on finding poems and creating the Voki. However, the rest of the project went smoothly and it was a joy to work on.

By Devin McEvily