Paterson poem by william carlos williams
Paterson by William Carlos WilliamsPaterson is both a place—the New Jersey city in whom the person (the poets own life) and the public (the history of the region) are combined. Originally four books (published individually between 1946 and 1951), the structure of Paterson (in Dr. Williams words) follows the course of the Passaic River from above the great falls to its entrance into the sea. The unexpected Book Five, published in 1958, affirms the triumphant life of the imagination, in spite of age and death. This revised edition has been meticulously re-edited by Christopher MacGowan, who has supplied a wealth of notes and explanatory material.
From Book I, Paterson - Poem by William Carlos Williams
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Paterson lies in the valley under the Passaic Falls its spent waters forming the outline of his back. He lies on his right side, head near the thunder of the waters filling his dreams! Eternally asleep, his dreams walk about the city where he persists incognito. Butterflies settle on his stone ear. Immortal he neither moves nor rouses and is seldom seen, though he breathes and the subtleties of his machinations drawing their substance from the noise of the pouring river animate a thousand automations.
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Paterson is an epic poem by American poet William Carlos Williams published, in five volumes, from to The origin of the poem was an eighty-five line long poem written in , after Williams had read and been influenced by James Joyce 's novel Ulysses. As he continued writing lyric poetry, Williams spent increasing amounts of time on Paterson, honing his approach to it both in terms of style and structure. While The Cantos of Ezra Pound and The Bridge by Hart Crane could be considered partial models, Williams was intent on a documentary method that differed from both these works, one that would mirror "the resemblance between the mind of modern man and the city. While Williams might or might not have said so himself, commentators such as Christoper Beach and Margaret Lloyd have called Paterson his response to T.
The poem Paterson , William Carlos William's epic masterpiece, consists of 5 books and part of a 6th, published between and Paterson is set around the town of Paterson, New Jersey and the Passaic Falls, a source of energy for both the town and the poem. Williams wrote, "Paterson is a long poem in four parts — that a man in himself is a city, beginning, seeking achieving and concluding his life in ways which the various aspects of a city may embody— if imaginatively conceived — any city, all the details of which may be made to voice his most intimate convictions. Part One introduces the elemental character of the place. The Second Part comprises the modern replicas.