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The Collected Poems of William Carlos Williams: 1909-1939: 001 (New Directions Paperbook) Paperback – 28 Feb 1992

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  • Paperback: 604 pages
  • Publisher: New Directions; Reprint edition (28 Feb. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811211878
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811211871
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 0.3 x 2.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 865,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This first volume of the works of William Carlos Williams covers the years 1909 to 1939, and begins with "The Tempers". It includes successive volumes up to "Adam and Eve" and "The City". Uncollected poems of each period are inserted between volumes in order of first publication. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Intense 19 April 1999
By Jimmy Lin - Published on
Format: Paperback
The overall strength of Williams' work lies in his power to summon image from where there was previously nothing.
Forget about the conventional tactics of poetry (meter, rhyme, etc.). Williams effectively occupies the outer regions of the land which is not prose. His power always properly lay in the simple yet vivid images (visual, aural, tactile, etc.) behind the words.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
All together-- the poems are even better 5 July 2005
By BfloBen - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I'm not going to attempt to talk about WCW's poetry or I could be writing for hours... rather this review is about the volume of "collected" poems as a book to read. Yes it includes some dubious items and some debris we would expect from any serious and innovative writer... but there are mostly successes here and well worth reading. Especially informative is observing WCW's development as a writer and thinker and his daring as a poet and his striving for new ways to express the response of an artist to the swelling tide of modernity and cultural failures of the 20th century.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Essential collection of a great American poet 31 Oct. 2012
By Jon Corelis - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
W. C. Williams's poems are about as important to modern American poetry as the Rocky Mountains are to the American contintent: you can't get around them. As the reviews here indicate, he's still not to everyone's taste, but his influence is enormous, largely defining great areas of subsequent American verse (most of which however in my opinion isn't nearly as good as Williams himself.) If you are at all seriously interested in modern American poetry, you should have this collection in your library.
18 of 27 people found the following review helpful
The foundation of WCW's art 1 Oct. 2000
By DJ Rix - Published on
Format: Paperback
Whew, check out that list. This is the foundation of Williams' art, for fans of his selected & Pictures from Brughel.

This is the development of Williams' daily art, fine poems punctuated by an occasional masterpiece or near-surrealistic gemstone. Someone once asked John Cage, "With your methods, couldn't anyone compose music?" Cage replied, "Yes, but they don't." Many of Williams' poems make that impression. Where I live, in New Jersey, Williams is so ingrained in the literary landscape that no poet is more imitated, even if the imitator is unaware of the influence. Williams was better at setting examples than at explaining methods. He learned & invented as he wrote, & I suspect his talk & his letters had a great deal more influence than his occasional stabs at poetics.

Williams stripped down American poesy & reconstructed it as a form of talk, which it had been all along beneath Whitman's yawping & Dickinson's obsessive editing & Frost hiking though New England snow five steps at a time. Like all great American originals, he didn't know he was supposed to be a somebody-else; maybe a Stephen Benet, a William Vaughn Moody, an Edwin Arlington Robinson, all big literary stars in their time but not now counted in the first ranks of our poets.

This is roughly the first half of The Doc's amazin' journey. You'll know if you need it. Any intelligent poet friend will love it as a gift.
Excellent edition 4 Aug. 2014
By Beth Hooper - Published on
Format: Paperback
Excellent edition. I used it to write "The Roots That Clutch" which shows how I discovered that WCW had a relationship with my grandmother and used her as the inspiration for the poem "Nantucket" written in 1934.
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