Selected Poems

Winner, National Book Awards 1950 for Poetry

Selected Poems By William Carlos Williams, book cover
ISBN 9780811209588
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William Carlos Williams

William Carlos Williams (1883–1963), author of Paterson and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Pictures from Brueghel, is widely considered one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century. More about this author >

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Williams’s poetry is characterized by formal freedom — inspired by the poetry of Walt Whitman — coupled with an imagistic conciseness; like Pound, Williams believed that concrete details need no explanation, that ideas must be embodied in images. His poems are full of everyday objects; they celebrate the ordinary and the seemingly trivial — though they do so in unfamiliar ways and often from a surprising perspective. This volume contains poems spanning three decades in Williams’s career.