William Carlos Williams : An Influential Poet

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Modernism. Imagism. Objectivism. In the 20th century, many poets were involved in several different cultural and literary movements that changed their work. One of these poets impacted by these movements was William Carlos Williams. His rapidly changing work changed for the better and caused him to become an influential literary figure.
A literary experimenter and innovator, William Carlos Williams, was a busy and hardworking poet. William Carlos Williams was born in Rutherford, NJ on September 17, 1883. He was introduced to literature and the arts, especially Shakespeare, at a fairly young age. Williams became a doctor and fulfilled his passion every day, which was serving the community of Rutherford. Surprisingly, Williams
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This poem is only a few words long, but Williams uses very descriptive words and gets the point across to the reader (Williams, Williams Carlos). Another poem that mirrors Imagism is “This Is Just To Say.” This poem talks about a plum in an icebox. Even though it may seem like a silly topic, the short poem tells a brief story and leaves the reader thinking with many questions (This Is Just To Say). Lastly, Objectivism is very similar to Imagism. The main difference is that Objectivist poetry involves personal and romantic feelings unlike Imagism. Williams work became even more popular while Objectivism was developing because of his poetry involving his thoughts and feelings. (William Carlos Williams). One of his poems that reflects upon Objectivism is “Thursday.” This poem is short and focuses on one topic just like Imagist literature, but it involves his personal feelings about his dreams in his life (Thursday). Overall, Modernism reconstructed Williams writing style. William Carlos Williams had a very unique style of writing. His poems are extremely short, but they paint a vivid picture in your head. Separated from tradition, Williams was a an experimenter who got creative with language and the form of his work. He often focused his writing on one object instead of telling a story. (Imagism). For example, the poem “The Red Wheelbarrow” focuses on one object and one object only, a red
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