Selected Poems

Selected Poems

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by William Carlos Williams, William Carlos Williams
     
 

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This selection, made by Williams himself, includes work from his five individual volumes published at intervals over the past twenty years. His first volume, Symptoms of Loss, which he published at age twenty three, immediately attracted attention, and his subsequent volumes have all justified the early acclaim and have established and extended his reputation.

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This selection, made by Williams himself, includes work from his five individual volumes published at intervals over the past twenty years. His first volume, Symptoms of Loss, which he published at age twenty three, immediately attracted attention, and his subsequent volumes have all justified the early acclaim and have established and extended his reputation. Selected Poems reveals how completely Williams has developed his own personal style, writing with lyricism, humor, and sensitivity, about an ever-expanding range of experience and emotion. He has the rare ability to render the details of his subject—often painful or problematic subjects—with both candor and delicacy.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
His Selected Poems sets the violent brooding of Williams's (A Dream of Mind) early writing against the lucid equanimity of his more mature work. The poetry spans three decades and offers an outline of his development. We get only occasional glimpses of the crude brutality that characterizes the poems from Lies (1969) and I am the Bitter Name (1972) in the mostly affirmative selections from Tar (1983), Flesh and Blood (1987) and his other recent books. Early, physically explicit and jarring poems like ``Saint Sex'' lead to the more cerebral work that has come to represent his style. The poems excerpted from The Lark. The Thrush. The Starling. (1983) reinforce a reader's impression of Williams's versatility while offering a formal alternative to the lengthy, Whitmanesque lines that he appears to prefer. And, though not ground-breaking, the dozen new poems here offer a closing, microcosmic view of his career with topically and stylistically familiar work. In ``Villanelle of the Suicide's Mother,'' however, Williams unexpectedly uses a formal rhyme scheme to achieve the chilling impression of a cyclic children's song. Selected by the poet, this volume is a formidable retrospective. (Oct.)
Hugh Kenner
“Williams's best reader on either side of the Atlantic has been a Briton, Charles Tomlinson...”
Octavio Paz
“The greatness of a poet is not to be measured by the scale but by the intensity and perfection of his works. Also by his vivacity. Williams is the author of the most vivid poems of modern American poetry.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811202367
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
04/28/1969
Series:
Oxford Poets Series
Edition description:
Revised Edition

Meet the Author

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. Also a short-story writer, novelist, essayist, and translator, he helped in a big way to establish modernism in America.

Charles Tomlinson read English at Queens College, Cambridge, has lived in Northern Italy and London, and has recently retired after thirty-six years of teaching at the University of Bristol. In 1993 he received the
Bennett Award for achievement in literature from The Hudson Review of New York, and in 1991 the Premio Europeo di Cittadella. He is the editor of the classic anthology The Oxford Book of Verse in English Translation. He lives in Gloucester, England.

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