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Collected Poems Volume II

William Carlos Williams

Edited by Christopher MacGowan

Collected Poems Volume II
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ISBN: 978 1 857545 23 4
Categories: 20th Century, American
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: November 2000
234 x 156 x 44 mm
320 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: Paperback
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  • Of asphodel, that greeny flower,
    like a buttercup
    upon its branching
    stem -
    save that it's green and wooden-
    I come, my sweet,
    to sing to you...


    from 'Asphodel, that greeny flower'


    After 1939, William Carlos Williams had embarked on the great original experiment that led to his magnificent, faulted master-work 'Paterson', and the work in the second volume of The Complete Poems provides a luminous record of his developing strategies, the emergence of a firm sense of 'the variable foot', and of the unaffected, secular and democratic voice of a poet who remains the great American modernist. It includes the collections he published alongside Paterson - The Wedge (1944), The Clouds (1948) and The Pink Church (1949); the two books in which he developed his distinctive three-step line, The Desert Music (1954) and Journey to Love (1955); and his final Pulitzer Prize volume, Pictures from Breughel (1962).

    As in Volume I, previously uncollected pieces are arranged chronologically and placed between the individual books. Williams's verse translations from four languages are also included.

    Williams remains challenging not because he is obscure but because he is so wonderfully direct. To reveal some of Williams's techniques of revision the editor prints some poems in earlier and later versions, and a few of the poems from the suppressed 1909 volume are included so that we can measure the extent of his growth. As in Volume I, there is a full editorial apparatus.
    William Carlos Williams
    William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), a great contemporary of Pound, H.D., Wyndham Lewis and others, is one of the fathers of American free verse. Born in Rutherford, New Jersey, he began writing poetry while still a student at Horace Mann High School, at which time he made the decision to become both ... read more
    Praise for William Carlos Williams 'This is an essential book for anyone who is serious about poetry.'

    Steven Hanson, the Manchester Review of Books

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