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William Carlos Williams

Fecha de nacimiento: 17. Septiembre 1883
Fecha de muerte: 4. Marzo 1963
Otros nombres: Ουίλιαμ Κάρλος Ουίλιαμς, ویلیام کارلوس ویلیامز

William Carlos Williams fue un escritor estadounidense vinculado al modernismo y al imagismo. Es especialmente conocido por su obra poética.

Además de ejercer como médico y de escribir dramas y prosa variada, Williams es uno de los poetas modernistas más innovadores y admirados. Fue condiscípulo de los poetas Ezra Pound y Hilda Doolittle, y en los primeros poemas acusó la influencia del imagismo.

Más tarde se convirtió en impulsor del uso literario del habla coloquial. Su buen oído para los ritmos naturales del inglés hablado le ayudó a liberar a la poesía de la métrica que imperaba en la versificación en inglés desde el Renacimiento. Superada la tendencia imagista, es un poeta de gran sencillez expresiva y de fácil comprensión, con cierto gusto por la adivinanza, interesado en la constante experimentación y en la intimidad lírica. Como otros modernistas, procura diluir la figura del poeta, dejando que hable el poema por sí mismo. No busca los símbolos en las cosas sino más bien las propias cosas, que expresa imitando la fluidez del habla.

Williams cree que la realidad objetiva despierta la imaginación de quien la percibe, y no el proceso inverso. Utiliza el verso libre y la disposición visual de las líneas marca la estructura poética. En su obra Paterson, escrita a lo largo de varios años, mezcla poesía, prosa y collage incluyendo incluso fragmentos de publicidad. Constituye una especie de biografía épica de un doctor-poeta, pero formalmente consiste en un montaje de escenas y de imágenes, con pocos verbos que las vinculen explícitamente.

Frases William Carlos Williams

„No hay mayor mentira que la verdad mal entendida.“

—  William Carlos Williams

Fuente: Jíbaro, Número 1. Latinoamericana Editora S.A., 2006, p. 38.

„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)
Contexto: 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.

„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)
Contexto: 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.

„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
Contexto: 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.

„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
Contexto: 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.

„If so I look for a development along these lines and will be satisfied with nothing else.“

—  William Carlos Williams

Introduction
The Wedge (1944)
Contexto: 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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„Why do I write today? The beauty of
the terrible faces
of our nonentities
stirs me to it“

—  William Carlos Williams, libro Al Que Quiere!

"Apology"
Al Que Quiere! (1917)
Contexto: Why do I write today? The beauty of
the terrible faces
of our nonentities
stirs me to it: colored women
day workers—
old and experienced—
returning home at dusk,
in cast off clothing
faces like
old Florentine oak.

„Still, the profound change
has come upon them: rooted, they
grip down and begin to awaken.“

—  William Carlos Williams, libro Spring and All

"Spring and All"
Spring and All (1923)
Contexto: 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.

„Lift your flowers
on bitter stems
chickory!“

—  William Carlos Williams, libro Al Que Quiere!

"Chicory and Daisies"
Al Que Quiere! (1917)
Contexto: Lift your flowers
on bitter stems
chickory!
Lift them up
out of the scorched ground!
Bear no foliage
but give yourself
wholly to that!
Strain under them
you bitter stems
that no beast eats —
and scorn greyness!

„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
Contexto: 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.

„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)
Contexto: 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.

„The War is the first and only thing in the world today.“

—  William Carlos Williams

Introduction http://www.poetryfoundation.org/learning/essay/237888
The Wedge (1944)
Contexto: The War is the first and only thing in the world today.
The arts generally are not, nor is this writing a diversion from that for relief, a turning away. It is the war or part of it, merely a different sector of the field.

„Saxifrage is my flower that splits
the rocks.“

—  William Carlos Williams

"A Sort of a Song"
The Wedge (1944)
Contexto: 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.

„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
Contexto: 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 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)
Contexto: 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.

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

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