William Carlos Williams

(17 September 1883 – 4 March 1963 / New Jersey)

William Carlos Williams Quotes

  • ''Poe gives the sense for the first time in America, that literature is serious, not a matter of courtesy but of truth.''
    William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), U.S. poet. (First published 1925). "In the American Grain," The Recognition of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. E.W. Carlson (1970).
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  • ''Afraid lest he be caught up in a net of words, tripped up, bewildered and so defeated—thrown aside—a man hesitates to write down his innermost convictions.''
    William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), U.S. poet. Journal entry for July 7, 1929. The Embodiment Of Knowledge (1974).
  • ''The pure products of America go crazy—mountain folk from Kentucky or the ribbed north end of Jersey with its isolate lakes and valleys, its deaf-mutes, thieves.''
    William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), U.S. poet. "To Elsie," Spring and All (1923).

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Gulls

My townspeople, beyond in the great world,
are many with whom it were far more
profitable for me to live than here with you.
These whirr about me calling, calling!
and for my own part I answer them, loud as I can,
but they, being free, pass!
I remain! Therefore, listen!
For you will not soon have another singer.

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