William Carlos Williams Essay - William Carlos Williams Poetry: American Poets Analysis

William Carlos Williams Poetry: American Poets Analysis

Like Walt Whitman, William Carlos Williams attempted to create an American voice for American poetry. Both Whitman and Williams wanted to record the unique American experience in a distinctively American idiom, a language freed from the constraints of traditional English prosody. Whitman, as Williams says in his autobiography, broke from the traditional iambic pentameter, but he had only begun the necessary revolution. It was then up to Williams to use “the new dialect” to continue Whitman’s work by constructing a prosody based on actual American speech.

Williams’s search for a new language using the American idiom was intertwined with his search for a new poetic measure. Although he wanted to recover the...

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