William C. Williams

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William C. Williams once said, “I think all writing is a disease. You can't stop it.” This well-known poet was born in 1883 and wrote during the modernist literary movement as well as during the imagist movement. It can easily be argued that Williams is one of the most important American poets of the 20th century. Although his work did not gain widespread recognition until the 40’s and 50’s, Williams greatly influenced younger poets such as, Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Robert Lowell, and Allen Ginsburg. Modernism was the most influential literary movement in England and America during the first half of the twentieth century. Representing an unquestionable rejection of Victorian elegant standards, moral rules, and literary techniques, modernism was initiated during the opening decade of the century, a time of widespread experimentation in the arts. The Modernists emphasized the internal thoughts of a character through the use of such devices as the interior monologue, or stream-of-consciousness narrative. The disoriented effects of the era of modern warfare that began with the First World War lead to such American…show more content…
In Imagist poetry, the writer does not talk about the themes behind the image; they let the image itself be the focus of the poem. There were many famous American Imagist poets, including Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, H.D., and Amy Lowell. These poets wrote free verse and were devoted to “clarity of expression through the use of precise visual images.” The first principle of the imagist era was “To use the language of common speech, but to employ always the exact word, not the nearly-exact, nor the merely decorative word.” Like Modernism, Imagism was a reaction against the abstract language and “careless thinking” of Georgian romanticism. Imagist poetry aimed to replace unclear abstractions with the exactness of observed detail and direct
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