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3. Utopian Promise   

10. Rhythms
in Poetry

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William Carlos Williams - Selected Archive Items

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[4996] Anonymous, William Carlos Williams (1963),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USZ62-109601].
Drawing on such predecessors as Walt Whitman, poet William Carlos Williams sought to write in a distinctly "American" voice. In his efforts to capture the American idiom, Williams composed poems about such "trivial" things as plums and wheelbarrows.

[5493] Lewis W. Hine, Paterson, New Jersey--Textiles (1937),
courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.
Apartment above the cafe of a retired silk worker living on an eighteen-dollar-a-month pension. Some modernist writers dealt with poverty, class, and social protest in their work. William Carlos Williams wrote a long poem called Paterson.

[7128] Anonymous, Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio (c. 1933),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [HABS, ILL,16-OAKPA,5-2].
Photograph of entrance to Frank Lloyd Wright's studio, looking southeast, near Chicago, an example of how Wright used orientalism in his architecture.

[8950] Pancho Savery, Interview: "Rhythms in Poetry" (2003),
courtesy of American Passages.
Professor of English Pancho Savery discusses William Carlos Williams's relationship to American poetry.

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