William Carlos Williams Questions and Answers

William Carlos Williams

"Raleigh Was Right" was William Carlos Williams's response to a poetic duel between Christopher Marlowe and Sir Walter Raleigh that took place in the late sixteenth century. Marlowe had written...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2017, 5:54 pm (UTC)

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William Carlos Williams

As the other educators indicate, the "Raleigh" referenced in the title is Sir Walter Raleigh, and in this poem, Williams aligns himself firmly on Raleigh's side of the Marlowe/Raleigh debate. This...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2019, 1:04 pm (UTC)

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William Carlos Williams

William Carlos Williams (September 17, 1883–March 4, 1963) was a poet, writer, and, importantly, physician. He spent most of his adult life in Rutherford, New Jersey, where he was affiliated with...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2019, 12:28 pm (UTC)

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William Carlos Williams

How does this poem embody the themes of ritual and regeneration? “Burning the Christmas Greens” describes a seasonal ritual: the taking down and burning of greenery used as decoration during the...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2020, 8:57 pm (UTC)

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William Carlos Williams

William Carlos Williams was one of the leading poets of the Imagist school, a branch of Modernism that aimed to break with the sentimental, elaborate style of late Victorian poetry and focus on...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2019, 12:31 pm (UTC)

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William Carlos Williams

I see this poem a little differently than the previous answerer, but that is part of what is so wonderful about poetry! It can be interpreted in many different ways.I see the poem's imagery as...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2008, 3:27 am (UTC)

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William Carlos Williams

“Landscape with the Fall of Icarus” was written by William Carlos Williams who wrote under the labels of modernist and imagist. He favored the preciseness of imagery with clear, sharp language....

Latest answer posted November 10, 2012, 12:55 am (UTC)

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William Carlos Williams

"Burning the Christmas Greens" was written in 1944, in the shadow of World War II, but likely hearkens back to another Christmas Day: December 25, 1918, the date of Williams's father's death. The...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2020, 2:01 am (UTC)

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William Carlos Williams

In A sort of Song and in The Red Wheelbarrow, Williams confronts "how" a poem should be written. It should not be used as a vehicle for expressing ideas but showing the essence of things. He was...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2009, 11:44 am (UTC)

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William Carlos Williams

Williams' poem is meant to evoke a famous painting, Pieter Breugel the Elder's "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus." The painting in turn refers to the mythic story of Icarus, who, using a set of...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2016, 2:33 am (UTC)

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William Carlos Williams

William Carlos Williams's "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus" is what a piece of ekphrastic literature, meaning that it is based on a work of art. The poem, like Auden's more famous poem "The Musee...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2019, 3:13 pm (UTC)

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William Carlos Williams

'The Doctor Stories' is an interesting collection of a physician's thoughts: not only does it speak to art/the language of stories but it also includes many parallels and interdisciplinary...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2015, 7:50 pm (UTC)

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William Carlos Williams

In the poem “Burning the Christmas Greens,” William Carlos Williams recalls the post-Christmas ritual of collecting and burning discarded trees whose “time past.” The poet makes an occasion that...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2020, 7:49 pm (UTC)

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William Carlos Williams

In “Gulls,” William Carlos Williams presents a speaker who is, apparently, a wise person in the community, a teacher, a poet perhaps, who imparts lessons to his fellow townspeople. This speaker...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2021, 7:51 pm (UTC)

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William Carlos Williams

You're absolutely right in saying that the speaker in William Carlos Williams' short story "Verbal Transcription -- 6 AM" is "talking about so many ordinary life matters." If you consider what...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2010, 3:41 am (UTC)

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William Carlos Williams

Defamiliarization is the poetic process of taking ordinary objects and using them in a poem in such a way that the reader sees them as new or different. Williams often used common things in his...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2016, 2:00 am (UTC)

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William Carlos Williams

Twentieth-century poets who wrote in the Minimalist style, such as William Carlos Williams and Ezra Pound, expressed their thoughts in as succinct and concise a manner as possible, while at the...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2019, 6:14 pm (UTC)

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William Carlos Williams

Nature poetry down through the ages, from the Greeks and early oriental poets, up through the pastoral (shepherd) poetry of the Romantics, to modern-day paeans to Nature, treated Nature as...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2013, 9:28 pm (UTC)

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William Carlos Williams

Williams’ poetry is distinctive in several ways – its “American” voice, its unrhymed short line broken into phrases, and especially in the way he uses metaphors, never obvious or clichéd, but...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2013, 9:58 pm (UTC)

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William Carlos Williams

These poems all share Williams’ short-line, unrhymed cadenced, almost shorthand imagery. “Wheelbarrow,” the most often anthologized of these three poems, suggests the typical farmyard setting but...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2013, 5:53 pm (UTC)

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William Carlos Williams

The early twentieth century in America (and in all the Western world) was a transition time for art and literature; the release from the traditions of Victorianism manifested itself in all kinds of...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2013, 9:11 pm (UTC)

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William Carlos Williams

American poetry of the nineteenth century was, in style, verse form, and subject matter, basically an import from England and the rest of Europe—until Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, there was no...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2013, 1:02 am (UTC)

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