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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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„Not now. Love itself a flower
with roots in a parched ground.“

—  William Carlos Williams

"Raleigh Was Right" (1940)
Collected Later Poems (1950)
Contesto: Not now. Love itself a flower
with roots in a parched ground.
Empty pockets make empty heads.
Cure it if you can but
do not believe that we can live
today in the country
for the country will bring us
no peace.

„Let the snake wait under
his weed
and the writing
be of words, slow and quick, sharp
to strike, quiet to wait,
sleepless.“

—  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.

„I come, my sweet“

—  William Carlos Williams, libro Journey to Love

Journey to Love (1955), Asphodel, That Greeny Flower

„It isn’t what he says that counts as a work of art, it’s what he makes, with such intensity of perception that it lives with an intrinsic movement of its own to verify its authenticity.“

—  William Carlos Williams

Introduction
The Wedge (1944)
Contesto: When a man makes a poem, makes it, mind you, he takes words as he finds them interrelated about him and composes them — without distortion which would mar their exact significances — into an intense expression of his perceptions and ardors that they may constitute a revelation in the speech that he uses. It isn’t what he says that counts as a work of art, it’s what he makes, with such intensity of perception that it lives with an intrinsic movement of its own to verify its authenticity.

„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

"To a Dog Injured in the Street"
The Desert Music and Other Poems (1954)
Contesto: 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.

„Lifeless in appearance, sluggish
dazed spring approaches —
They enter the new world naked,
cold, uncertain of all
save that they enter.“

—  William Carlos Williams, libro Spring and All

"Spring and All"
Spring and All (1923)
Contesto: Lifeless in appearance, sluggish
dazed spring approaches —
They enter the new world naked,
cold, uncertain of all
save that they enter. All about them
The cold, familiar wind — Now the grass, tomorrow
the stiff curl of wildcarrot leaf
One by one objects are defined —
It quickens: clarity, outline of leaf But now the stark dignity of
entrance — Still, the profound change
has come upon them: rooted, they
grip down and begin to awaken.

„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

Interview with Stanley Koehler (April 1962), in The Paris Review : Writers at Work, 3rd series, Viking Penguin, p. 29
General sources
Contesto: 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.

„The storm unfolds.“

—  William Carlos Williams, libro Journey to Love

Journey to Love (1955), Asphodel, That Greeny Flower

„The storm bursts“

—  William Carlos Williams, libro Journey to Love

Journey to Love (1955), Asphodel, That Greeny Flower

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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