William Carlos Williams

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


Poem by William Carlos Williams

Ecstatic bird songs pound
the hollow vastness of the sky
with metallic clinkings--
beating color up into it
at a far edge,--beating it, beating it
with rising, triumphant ardor,--
stirring it into warmth,
quickening in it a spreading change,--
bursting wildly against it as
dividing the horizon, a heavy sun
lifts himself--is lifted--
bit by bit above the edge
of things,--runs free at last
out into the open--!lumbering
glorified in full release upward--
songs cease.

Comments about Dawn by William Carlos Williams

  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (5/3/2018 5:10:00 AM)

    Dawn, the most beautiful moments of nature...... thank u for ths poem. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Lungelo S MbuyaziLungelo S Mbuyazi (12/1/2017 9:22:00 AM)

    Artistically written, nice poem by this legend(Report)Reply

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  • G. Kane (9/3/2015 8:19:00 PM)

    Out, onto love’s hues

    Oh love, of loving actions by men sovereign,
    put into symbolism, by men grown of loving,
    love on worldly placards, people to see,
    framed love concepts, people's wonder.

    From the line, D. Ellymeu(Report)Reply

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  • Raymond Farrell (5/10/2015 8:20:00 PM)

    WCW is not new to me
    But Giorgio Veneto, who is he
    I searched the annal of poetry
    And his name I could not see.

    Gee I hope that's poetic enough!(Report)Reply

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  • Georgios Venetopoulos (9/17/2014 6:01:00 PM)

    Compared to thee, oh William, the unknown Greek poets are all supposed to be candidates for the Noble Prize. This write is not a poem.(Report)Reply

    Raymond Farrell(5/10/2015 8:15:00 PM)

    How so?

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  • Brian JaniBrian Jani (5/3/2014 3:01:00 AM)

    You sure know how to use words William(Report)Reply

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  • Antonio Liao (3/17/2010 1:16:00 AM)

    like crossroad that ends without returning back the past....and just
    a little limbo of satisfaction, where every soul awaits the glorious joy
    of what is the moment of reality.....beautifully crafted, ever that ink....a 10+(Report)Reply

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  • Goldy Locks (5/26/2007 8:17:00 PM)

    Eternally pertinent.

    You say you await the Dawn/But I say you are the Dawn.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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