Thus, combining the family name with the courtesy name, his name appears in variants such as Li Taibo, Li Taibai, Li Tai-po, among others. Chiu3-hsien1Banished Transcendent Chinese: Che2-hsien1-jen2Poet- Knight-errant simplified Chinese: There is some mystery or uncertainty about the circumstances of the family relocations, at the very least a lack of legal authorization which would have generally been required to move out of the border regions, especially if one's family had been assigned exiled there.
He was a medical doctor, poet, novelist, essayist, and playwright. With Ezra Pound and H.
Though his career was initially overshadowed by other poets, he became an inspiration to the Beat generation in the s and 60s. He was known as an experimenter, an innovator, a revolutionary figure in American poetry.
Yet in comparison to artists of his own time who sought a new environment for creativity as expatriates in Europe, Williams lived a remarkably conventional life.
A doctor for more than 40 years serving the citizens of Rutherford, he relied on his patients, the America around him, and his own ebullient imagination to create a distinctively American verse. He recalled his first poem, also written during that time, giving him a feeling of joy. I have never had and never will have anything but the purest and highest and best thoughts about you and papa.
But as Breslin noted, Williams used his college experiences as a means to creativity, instead of, as his parents might have wished, as a means to success.
The Imagists broke from this formulaic poetry by stressing a verse of "swift, uncluttered, functional phrasing. As a doctor, his "medical badge," as he called it, permitted him "to follow the poor defeated body into those gulfs and grottos From the beginning," disclosed Linda Wagner, "he understood the tradeoffs: Perhaps a less subjective appraisal came from Webster Schott, who defined Williams as "an immensely complicated man: He was the complete human being, and all of the qualities of his personality were fused in his writings.
Williams had no interest, he said, in the "speech of the English country people, which would have something artificial about it"; instead he sought a "language modified by our environment, the American environment.
His point was to speak on an equal level with the reader, and to use the language and thought materials of America in expressing his point of view. Improvisations, for example, suffered some stinging attacks.
For a year Williams had made a habit of recording something—anything—in his notebooks every night, and followed these jottings with a comment. Pound called it "incoherent" and "un-American"; H.
His prologue to Kora came from his need "to give some indication of myself to the people I knew; sound off, tell the world—especially my intimate friends—how I felt about them. What Williams did not foresee, however, was the "atom bomb" on modern poetry— T.
Critically, Eliot returned us to the classroom just at the moment when I felt we were on a point to escape to matters much closer to the essence of a new art form itself—rooted in the locality which should give it fruit.
As Karl Shapiro pointed out, "he was left high and dry: Williams felt this and would feel it for another 20 years. His own poetry would have to progress against the growing orthodoxy of Eliot criticism. It forced me to be successful. The last in a decade of experimental poetry, Spring and All viewed the same American landscape as did Eliot but interpreted it differently.
Williams "saw his poetic task was to affirm the self-reliant, sympathetic consciousness of Whitman in a broken industrialized world," Stauffer noted.
Another may have been his own success, known only to a few, in Spring and All. For decades thereafter he could not outdo himself; some think he never did. And in it he concentrated on one subject in particular: Williams explained his attraction towards America in a letter to Horace Gregory: I felt that it was expressedly founded for me, personally, and that it must be my first business in life to possess it.read this poet's poems.
On September 17, , William Carlos Williams was born in Rutherford, New Jersey. He began writing poetry while a student at Horace Mann High School, at which time he made the decision to become both a writer and a doctor.
The Beat Generation was a literary movement started by a group of authors whose work explored and influenced American culture and politics in the post-World War II era. The bulk of their work was published and popularized throughout the s.
Lincoln's poem is a shadowy forerunner of the sentence that opens a section of William Carlos Williams's Spring and All: "The pure products of America go crazy." The modernist Williams, too.
In all of these statements, there seems to be a necessary hope that pointing to language itself (particularly the language of war, media, and politics) is a first step toward action and change. Spring and All by William Carlos Williams 1, ratings, average rating, 97 reviews Spring and All Quotes (showing of 6) “It is at the edge of the.
William Carlos Williams opens his poem “Spring and All” with a diseased hospital, setting the scene for an image of grotesque humanity in order to contrast against the beauty of emerging nature in spring.