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Transcript of Danse Russe
William Carlos Williams
~September 17, 1883 – March 4, 1963
~Attended Horace Mann High School where he decided he wanted to be a doctor and writer
~Received MD from University of Pennsylvania
~Befriended Ezra Pound who influenced his writing
William Carlos Williams cont.
~Following Pound, Williams was a key poet in the Imagist and Modernist movements
~Disagreed with European style and influence
~Sought to invent a completely American style of writing based on common life
~No particular rhyme scheme
Lit Devices cont.
~ Fantasy world
~Against what you would normally think
Lit Devices cont.-Rhetorical Question
~Best of both worlds
:Social &Familial (Blue)
~Stepping out of the conventional role
~Celebration of true self
~Admiring pure form
~Literally: ironic-not alone
~Figuratively: lack of personal identity
: unable to express "naked" genuine self
~Born naked-born pure
~Isolated by society
~Putting on a mask
~Insecurity with public image
~Privacy allows for vulnerability
~Proud of himself for fooling the public
~"Happy genius" -ability to balance his act with private enjoyment