In the early 1900s a new era of poetry had swept in. Imagery would craft a generation of poets, and

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In the early 1900s a new era of poetry had swept in. Imagery would craft a generation of poets, and with it would be William Carlos Williams’ opportunity to break out into the world of poetry. Williams would be a pioneer in the movement and help to generate a widespread interest in this new genre. Williams’ poem “The Red Wheelbarrow” would be used as example of Imagery for years. Born September 17, 1883 to Williams George Williams and Raquel Helene Hoheb, William Carlos Williams was destined to become one of the most influential poets of the 20th Century. Williams was greatly influenced by his family. Although he lived in a house full of men, the two women in his life, mother and grandmother, were the most important adults to him (Baym…show more content…
Williams’ medical career was often a source for many of his great works. Williams would often write short poems about his work. In The Autobiography (1951), an informal and chatty memoir, he records how he would often pull up his typewriter between patients and dash out a poem (Baym 2009). Williams’ family life also played a big part in his poetry. Williams was married to Florence Herman, with whom he had many children. Williams loved his work and family, but he thought of himself as first a writer, only second as a provider and family man (Baym 2009). Williams always wanted to write, and took almost every opportunity to do so. Because Williams was surrounded by so many other great authors and poets, his writing style often changed. Alan Ostrom noted “Williams has insisted, in prose theory as in poetic practice, upon the necessity for drawing the poem's materials from the familiar world, and in so doing he has turned frequently to the world of nature, and of flowers especially, for his particulars." Later in his life Williams would move away from these types or poems, and often wrote about darkness. Near the end of his life Williams would write beautiful love poetry. In 1948 Williams had a heart attack, and in 1951 the first of a series of strokes required him to turn over his medical practice to one of his two sons and made writing increasingly difficult. Nevertheless, he persevered in his work and continued

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