Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

What neglected virtues does William Carlos Williams encourage in “Tract”?

What is the explanation of the fascination felt by so many readers of Williams’s very short poem “The Red Wheelbarrow”?

Does Paterson succeed as an American equivalent of T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land (1922)?

Consider Williams as a poet of understatement.

Williams brought the experiences of a practicing physician to many of his short stories. Identify several of these stories.

What “essential qualities of the American character” are revealed in In the American Grain?