Selected Poems

Selected Poems - Penguin Classics

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In his work as a physician, Williams had learnt the skill of objective observation which he applied to his poetry, examining, as he said, 'the particular to discover the universal'. Marked by a vernacular American speech and direct observation of the landscape and people of his native New Jersey, his poetry explores the 'raw merging of American pastoral and urban squalor. Emotionally restrained but rich in sensory experience, the poems were written according to the guiding concept: 'no ideas but in things' and those 'things', a red wheelbarrow, a group of trees, a river, convey the local and the particular with a vivid intensity.

Book information

ISBN: 9780141184340
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Pub date:
DEWEY: 811.52
DEWEY edition: 21
Language: English
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 204g
Height: 202mm
Width: 146mm
Spine width: 17mm