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William Carlos Williams Poetry Project

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Jon LeBlanc

on 10 March 2015

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Transcript of William Carlos Williams Poetry Project

Historical context
Famous Works and
Impact on Poetry
Absence (My own Poetry)
His Poetry
Why I choose those this poet
William was born on September 17, 1883 in Rutherford, New Jersey and died on March 4, 1963. He had a wife named Florence Williams. He was apart of the Modernism literary movement. His occupations was a doctor and writer. His ethnic background is Puerto Rican and has some Jewish descent. His family provided him with backgrounds of art and literature. His parents wanted him to be a doctor but he decided to be a poet. He published his first book called Poems in 1909.
I have taken
your car
that was in
the garage

and which
you were going
to go
to work in

I'm sorry
your car was so
and so smooth.
William Carlos Williams was awarded for the following:
Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
United States Poet Laureate
National Book Award for Poetry
American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Poetry
He is also known for these poems:
This is just to say
The Red Wheelbarrow
To a poor old woman
His influence as a poet spread slowly during the 1920s and 1930s by the immense popularity of Eliot’s “The Waste Land”;
He impressed Allen Ginsberg by his language

I choose this poet because of how he turns little notes into poems and how he uses imagery to describe what he is talking about like he did in his poem
The Red Wheelbarrow
. In that poem he talks about a red wheelbarrow that is glazed with water. It sounds like it just rained and there are white chickens beside it. Also in
This Is Just To Say
he describes plums that were in an icebox. I picture him opening the fridge, getting the plums out and eating them on a table where there is a small television. He also talks about an old woman muching on a plum in a paper bag in the street.
By: Jon LeBlanc
William Carlos

This Is Just To Say
I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold
The Red Wheelbarrow
so much depends

a red wheel

glazed with rain

beside the white
To a Poor Old Woman
munching a plum on
the street a paper bag
of them in her hand

They taste good to her
They taste good
to her. They taste
good to her

You can see it by
the way she gives herself
to the one half
sucked out in her hand
Pulitzer Prize
Allen Ginsberg
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