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William Carlos Williams
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Poet
    (September 17, 1883-March 4, 1963)
    Wrote 'Poems (1909),' 'Spring and All (1923),' 'An Early Martyr (1935),' 'Broken Span (1941),' 'The Wedge (1944),' 'Clouds, Aigeltinger, Russia &c. (1948),' 'The Desert Music (1954),' 'Pictures from Brueghel (1962),' 'Paterson (1963)' and 'Imaginations (published posthumously, 1970)'
    Worked as a professional M.D.
    His name was William Williams.
    His poems are often very short and simple.
    One poem, in its entirety, reads: 'so much depends/upon/a red wheel/barrow/glazed with rain/water/beside the white/chickens.'
    His poetry has often been ridiculed and parodied.
    He pissed off big-shot poets like T. S. Eliot by using everyday language in his writings.
    He would give unsolicited medical advice to his friends.
    He was a full-time doctor.
    He continued his medical practice even after becoming a famous poet.
    His poems were experimental and influential.
    He didn't think American writers should simply imitate European ones.
    He thought a lot of literary people were snobs and posers.
    He had the sense to use his middle name and not just go by William Williams.

Credit: Wieland Kalligaro


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