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What are the main poetic characteristics of the American poet William Carlos Williams?

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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 Passaic General Hospital. One of the distinct features of his writing is the way it grew out of his experience as a practicing family doctor who engaged in close observation of the details of the ordinary life of his family, friends, and patients. Along with Robert Frost and Walt Whitman, he can be considered a poet deeply embedded in the American experience and thus distinct from many members of the modernist movement, despite his technical experimentation. Although Williams was well-educated and sophisticated as reader and writer, he was somewhat less closely tied to European traditions than his friends and fellow imagists Pound and H.D., or modernists such as Eliot, but instead fully rooted in a rural American tradition with a strong sense of place and community.

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