Book Review — Early Poems (William Carlos Williams)

Early Poems by William Carlos Williams is a collection of the poet’s early work from Dover Thrift Publications. Born in America in 1883 Williams is a contemporary of Ezra Pound and Willaim Frost. His work is associated with modernism and imagism. Williams work reflects the American identity of poetry breaking away from the strict British and European form. It was a raw, fresh, and grew from the American experience.

This is a collection for those who think they might like poetry but are afraid of the baggage that accompanies poetry interpretation. Williams style is simple and contains plenty of imagery that any reader can easily understand by all.

There is a bird in the poplars!
It is the sun!
the leaves are yellow little fish
swimming in the river.
The bird skims above them,
day is on his wings.

~ Metric Figure

Williams not only examines nature but man-made objects like harbors and includes a lengthy poem on a train station, “Overture to the Dance of Locomotives”, which is perhaps my favorite from the collection. There is nothing complicated to the reading. It can be read simply for enjoyment without worry of iambic meter, fertility references, or fear that your thinking of the poem is wrong. Thoroughly an enjoyable collection poems. This edition is available as an ebook for just over two dollars also eliminated the worry of spending too much money on a subject that the reader is unfamiliar with. A very worthwhile addition to anyone’s library.


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2 responses to “Book Review — Early Poems (William Carlos Williams)

  1. I haven’t heard of this book, but I do admit the title of your favorite poem, “Overture to the Dance of Locomotives” is a great one. I would definitely read that.

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