William Carlos Williams and Alterity: The Early Poetry

William Carlos Williams and Alterity: The Early Poetry

by Ahearn Barry, Barry Ahearn

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William Carlos Williams and Alterity: The Early Poetry by Ahearn Barry, Barry Ahearn

Many critics have noticed the paradoxes and contradictions in the work of William Carlos Williams but few have analyzed them in detail. Professor Ahearn argues that Williams criticism has not gone far enough in recognizing the uses Williams saw for contradiction. He contends that Williams began to acquire his own voice as a poet when he recognized that he could be a vehicle for contending voices. His reading departs from previous examinations of the early poetry in the emphasis it places on the poems as expressions of Williams' social position. We find a Williams whose contribution to modernism came not through a radical break with tradition or a rejection of inherited poetic norms alone, but rather in a cultivation of tension, conflict, and a kind of poetic crisis that could be held forth as the metier of the modernist writer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521062107
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 01/28/2008
Series: Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Series , #75
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Dr Williams and Mr Hyde; 2. Love and marriage; 3. Social diffraction; 4. Formal alterations; 5. Metaphor, metamorphosis; 6. Fragments shored; Afterword: 1923-1963; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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