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Collected Poems Volume I: 1909-1939
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William Carlos Williams Walton Litz
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Collected Poems Volume I: 1909-1939

William Carlos Williams Walton Litz Christopher McGowan


Carcanet Press

Poetry by individual poets


608 pages

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William Carlos Williams' Collected Poems Volume I reissued as a Carcanet Classic. Described by Thom Gunn as `an ideal edition', this first volume of William Carlos Williams' Collected Poems is a vivid account of his formation as a poet, his time in Europe, and his interactions with the major players of Modernism (he never quite appreciated that he was one of them). The poems are printed in the order of original publication, starting with The Tempers (1913) and ending with Poems 1936-1939. Williams remains one of the most popular American poets of all time, Whitman's heir but with a voice wholly unlike Whitman's: provincial, particular, never quite settled. His material is the stuff of daily life, though he takes big risks of theme: `the urgent insurgent now' that he lives and celebrates becomes history; it can generate energy even from the past.

By:   William Carlos Williams
Edited by:   Walton Litz, Christopher McGowan
Imprint:   Carcanet Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   2nd New edition
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 43mm
ISBN:   9781784106713
ISBN 10:   1784106712
Pages:   608
Publication Date:   September 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), a great contemporary of Pound, H.D., Wyndham Lewis and others, is one of the fathers of American free verse. Born in Rutherford, New Jersey, he began writing poetry while still a student at Horace Mann High School, at which time he made the decision to become both a writer and a doctor. He received his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, where he met and befriended Ezra Pound. Returning to Rutherford, where he sustained his medical practice throughout his life, Williams began publishing in small magazines and embarked on a prolific career as a poet, novelist, essayist, and playwright.

'Williams sees the real function of the imagination as breaking through the alienation of the near at hand and reviving its wonder.' - Hugh Fox

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