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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: New Directions Books; Fifth edition. edition (January 17, 1967)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811202348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811202343
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Fulton on November 14, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is a very fine survey of Williams' poems written in a ten year period spanning the 50s and early 60s. At first, I found Williams' somewhat unusual forms difficult, but discovered that with a little patience (and reading the poems aloud to myself) I was able to connect and the poems began to resonate. I found great wisdom and beauty. The volume concludes with "Asphodel, That Greeny Flower," a stunning, sweeping love poem (despite its peculiar title.) The poem weaves together Williams' reverence for poetry, his artistic vision, and his political philosophy all in the context of a very personal and touching love poem which builds to a powerful climax. The book's cover quotes W.H. Auden's comment that this is "one of the most beautiful love poems in the language." I concur. This is the poem that includes Williams affirmation of the value of poetic consciousness in a politcal and social conext: It is difficult to get the news from poems yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there. It also contains Williams exilerating affirmation: Only the imagination is real!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Herman Sutter (sutter@aol.com) on February 27, 1998
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This collection of poems from Williams's later years is ripe with the mastery of his craft. Uneven at times, as he always was, these poems reflect his later experiments with the "variable foot" and his turn towards a more philosophic tone that came after his series of strokes in the fifties. What they also show is that Williams was at the end of his life (not unlike W.B. Yeats) once again renewing himself and even reinventing himself --like America. Truly these are great American poems.
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In spite of winning the Pulitzer Prize, this is an underappreciated volume by one of the most alluded to poets of the 20th Century. He is in theory well regarded and included in survey courses and not infrequently "The Red Wheelbarrow" appears on tee shirts and essay questions. "Pictures from Brueghel ands Other Poems" reveals his intelligent ekphrastic tones, the lyrical "Desert Music" is a lovely lyric of appreciation of partial alienation. They do what so many poems currently struggle to accomplish, but WCW accomplishes it with the appearance of off handed intelligence that has marked his genius.
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