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William Carlos Williams

Data di nascita: 17. Settembre 1883
Data di morte: 4. Marzo 1963
Altri nomi: Ουίλιαμ Κάρλος Ουίλιαμς, ویلیام کارلوس ویلیامز

William Carlos Williams è stato un poeta, scrittore e medico statunitense.

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„Il «free verse» di Whitman era un assalto alla fortezza della poesia in se stessa; una sfida, rivolta a tutti i poeti viventi, a spiegare per quali motivi non dovessero anche loro scrivere allo stesso modo. Una sfida che dura ancora dopo un secolo di vigorosa esistenza nel corso del quale è stata sotto il fuoco continuo degli avversari ma non è mai stata sconfitta.“

—  William Carlos Williams

Origine: Da An Essay on Leaves of Grass, in Leaves of Grass One Hundred Years After, a cura di Milton Hindus, 1955; citato in Walt Whitman, Foglie d'erba, poesie scelte e tradotte da Enzo Giachino, cronologia della vita e dell'Autore e del suo tempo, antologia critica e bibliografia a cura di Anna Luisa Zazo, Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, II edizione, 1972, Antologia Critica, p. 34

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„A man isn’t a block that remains stationary though the psychologists treat him so — and most take an insane pride in believing it.“

—  William Carlos Williams

Introduction
The Wedge (1944)
Contesto: A man isn’t a block that remains stationary though the psychologists treat him so — and most take an insane pride in believing it. Consistency! He varies; Hamlet today, Caesar tomorrow; here, there, somewhere — if he is to retain his sanity, and why not?
The arts have a complex relation to society. The poet isn’t a fixed phenomenon, no more is his work.

„But the hunted news I get from some obscure patients' eyes is not trivial. It is profound“

—  William Carlos Williams, libro The Autobiography of William Carlos Williams

The Autobiography of William Carlos Williams (1951), Ch. 54: The Practice
General sources
Contesto: What is the use of reading the common news of the day, the tragic deaths and abuses of daily living, when for over half a lifetime we have known that they must have occurred just as they have occurred given the conditions that cause them? There is no light in it. It is trivial fill-gap. We know the plane will crash, the train be derailed. And we know why. No one cares, no one can care. We get the news and discount it, we are quite right in doing so. It is trivial. But the hunted news I get from some obscure patients' eyes is not trivial. It is profound: whole academies of learning, whole ecclesiastical hierarchies are founded upon it and have developed what they call their dialectic upon nothing else, their lying dialectics. A dialectic is any arbitrary system, which, since all systems are mere inventions, is necessarily in each case a false premise, upon which a closed system is built shutting out those who confine themselves to it from the rest of the world. All men one way or another use a dialectic of some sort into which they are shut, whether it be an Argentina or a Japan. So each group is maimed. Each is enclosed in a dialectic cloud, incommunicado, and for that reason we rush into wars and prides of the most superficial natures.
Do we not see that we are inarticulate? That is what defeats us.

„Well —
all things turn bitter in the end
whether you choose the right or
the left way
and —
dreams are not a bad thing.“

—  William Carlos Williams, libro Al Que Quiere!

"Libertad! Igualidad! Fraternidad!"
Al Que Quiere! (1917)
Contesto: Brother!
— if we were rich
we'd stick our chests out
and hold our heads high! It is dreams that have destroyed us. There is no more pride
in horses or in rein holding. We sit hunched together brooding
our fate. Well —
all things turn bitter in the end
whether you choose the right or
the left way
and —
dreams are not a bad thing.

„It is dreams that have destroyed us. There is no more pride
in horses or in rein holding.“

—  William Carlos Williams, libro Al Que Quiere!

"Libertad! Igualidad! Fraternidad!"
Al Que Quiere! (1917)
Contesto: Brother!
— if we were rich
we'd stick our chests out
and hold our heads high! It is dreams that have destroyed us. There is no more pride
in horses or in rein holding. We sit hunched together brooding
our fate. Well —
all things turn bitter in the end
whether you choose the right or
the left way
and —
dreams are not a bad thing.

„Why do we live? Most of us need the very thing we never ask for.“

—  William Carlos Williams

Letter to Robert McAlmon (4 September 1943), published in The Selected Letters of William Carlos Williams (1957) edited by John C. Thirlwall, p. 217
General sources
Contesto: Why do we live? Most of us need the very thing we never ask for. We talk about revolution as if it was peanuts. What we need is some frank thinking and a few revolutions in our own guts; to hell with what most of the sons of bitches that I know and myself along with them if I don't take hold of myself and turn about when I need to — or go ahead further if that's the game.

„It's a strange world made up of disappointments for the most part.“

—  William Carlos Williams

Letter to Robert McAlmon (8 August 1943), published in The Selected Letters of William Carlos Williams (1957) edited by John C. Thirlwall, p. 216
General sources
Contesto: It's a strange world made up of disappointments for the most part.
I keep writing largely because I get a satisfaction from it which can't be duplicated elsewhere. It fills the moments which otherwise are either terrifying or depressed. Not that I live that way, work too quiets me. My chief dissatisfaction with myself at the moment is that I don't seem to be able to lose myself in what I have to do as I should like to.

„Each speech having its own character, the poetry it engenders will be peculiar to that speech also in its own intrinsic form.“

—  William Carlos Williams

Introduction
The Wedge (1944)
Contesto: Each speech having its own character, the poetry it engenders will be peculiar to that speech also in its own intrinsic form. The effect is beauty, what in a single object resolves our complex feelings of propriety.

„Saxifrage is my flower that splits
the rocks.“

—  William Carlos Williams

"A Sort of a Song"
The Wedge (1944)
Contesto: Let the snake wait under
his weed
and the writing
be of words, slow and quick, sharp
to strike, quiet to wait,
sleepless.
— through metaphor to reconcile
the people and the stones.
Compose. (No ideas
but in things) Invent!
Saxifrage is my flower that splits
the rocks.

„Such war, as the arts live and breathe by, is continuous.“

—  William Carlos Williams

Introduction
The Wedge (1944)
Contesto: There is no poetry of distinction without formal invention, for it is in the intimate form that works of art achieve their exact meaning, in which they most resemble the machine, to give language its highest dignity, its illumination in the environment to which it is native. Such war, as the arts live and breathe by, is continuous.
It may be that my interests as expressed here are pre-art. If so I look for a development along these lines and will be satisfied with nothing else.

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