William Carlos Williams
[17th September, 1833 – 4th March, 1963]
William Carlos Williams was an American poet, born in Rutherford, New Jersey. He died at the age of 79. With being a very successful poet, Williams was also a paediatrician and a general practitioner. He belonged to the modern era of literature and his works were profoundly associated with modernism and imagism.
In addition to poems, Williams wrote short stories, essays, novels, plays and also did translation. He combined both his carers quite successfully. Where on one side he was a famous physician, for almost forty years, side by side he was an excellent poet too. He was always experimental with his poetry and there was something or the other very much unique about his writings.
His style of writing was like chalk and cheese in comparison with other poets. He was always experimental with his wrings and always tried to create something or other new. Thus, he created the ‘triadic-line poetry’. These poetries are quite short. A long line which is split into three parts is the form of this poetry. These poems are very short but they are power-packed. This kind of poetry is very much similar to Haikus, traditional Japanese poetry. Williams wrote Haikus too. His first Haiku-like poem was ‘Marriage’-
So different, this man
And this woman:
A stream flowing
In a field.
Thus, through this kind of writings, he brought out a completely unique style of American poetry.
Several collections of Williams’s poetries were published. Some of his major collections are ‘Spring and All (1923), An Early Martyr and Other Poems (1935),The Desert Music and Other Poems(1954), Pictures from Brueghel and Other Poems (1962), and Paterson (1963),
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