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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.

„I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox“

—  William Carlos Williams

"This Is Just to Say"
Collected Poems 1921-1931 (1934)
Contexto: I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox and which
you were probably
saving
for breakfast Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

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

—  William Carlos Williams

"Raleigh Was Right" (1940)
Collected Later Poems (1950)
Contexto: 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)
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.

„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)
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.

„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)
Contexto: 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)
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.

„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.

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„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!

„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

„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

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

„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.

„The arts have a complex relation to society. The poet isn’t a fixed phenomenon, no more is his work.“

—  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.

„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.

„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.

„Only give me time“

—  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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