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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

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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
Source: 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
The Wedge (1944), Context: 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. Introduction

„Many questions haven't been answered as yet. Our poets may be wrong; but what can any of us do with his talent but try to develop his vision, so that through frequent failures we may learn better what we have missed in the past.“

—  William Carlos Williams
General sources, Context: The art of the poem nowadays is something unstable; but at least the construction of the poem should make sense; you should know where you stand. Many questions haven't been answered as yet. Our poets may be wrong; but what can any of us do with his talent but try to develop his vision, so that through frequent failures we may learn better what we have missed in the past. Interview with Stanley Koehler (April 1962), in The Paris Review : Writers at Work, 3rd series, Viking Penguin, p. 29

„I think
of the poetry
of René Char
and all he must have seen
and suffered
that has brought him
to speak only of
sedgy rivers,
of daffodils and tulips
whose roots they water“

—  William Carlos Williams, libro The Desert Music and Other Poems
The Desert Music and Other Poems (1954), Context: I think of the poetry of René Char and all he must have seen and suffered that has brought him to speak only of sedgy rivers, of daffodils and tulips whose roots they water, even to the free-flowing river that laves the rootlets of those sweet-scented flowers that people the milky way "To a Dog Injured in the Street"

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

—  William Carlos Williams
The Wedge (1944), Context: 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. Introduction

„René Char
you are a poet who believes
in the power of beauty
to right all wrongs.
I believe it also.
With invention and courage
we shall surpass
the pitiful dumb beasts,
let all men believe it,
as you have taught me also
to believe it.“

—  William Carlos Williams, libro The Desert Music and Other Poems
The Desert Music and Other Poems (1954), Context: The cries of a dying dog are to be blotted out as best I can. René Char you are a poet who believes in the power of beauty to right all wrongs. I believe it also. With invention and courage we shall surpass the pitiful dumb beasts, let all men believe it, as you have taught me also to believe it. "To a Dog Injured in the Street"

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