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Selected Poems

Written by Charles Tomlinson, William Carlos Williams

Part of the Penguin Modern Classics Series

Selected Poems Synopsis

In his work as a physician, Williams had learnt the skill of objective observation which he applied to his poetry, examining, as he said, 'the particular to discover the universal'. Marked by a vernacular American speech and direct observation of the landscape and people of his native New Jersey, his poetry explores the 'raw merging of American pastoral and urban squalor. Emotionally restrained but rich in sensory experience, the poems were written according to the guiding concept: 'no ideas but in things' and those 'things', a red wheelbarrow, a group of trees, a river, convey the local and the particular with a vivid intensity.

Selected Poems Press Reviews

Williams's best reader on either side of the Atlantic has been a Briton, Charles Tomlinson...--Hugh Kenner

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141184340
Publication date: 28th September 2000
Author: Charles Tomlinson, William Carlos Williams
Publisher: Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 272 pages

About Charles Tomlinson, William Carlos Williams

William Carlos Williams was born in Rutherford, New Jersey, in 1883. He lived there most of his life, practising medicine as a paediatrician. While studying at the Pennsylvania Medical School he became a friend of Ezra Pound and H. Doolittle, and was deeply influenced by Imagism. The limitations of Imagism, however, soon led him to launch his own campaign to 'create somehow by intense, individual effort, a new - and American - poetic language.'

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