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Spring and Allby William Carlos Williams
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Voted by The New York Times as one of the greatest poems of the twentieth century, Spring and All is a manifesto of the imagination — a hybrid of alternating sections of prose and free verse that crystallizes in dramatic, energetic, and beautifully cryptic statements of how language recreates the world. Spring and All contains some of Williams's best known poetry, including Section I which opens, "By the road to the contagious hospital" (now commonly known by the title "Spring and All"), and Section XXII, where Williams penned his most famous poem, "The Red Wheelbarrow."
Although Spring and All has been always available in collected works such as Imaginations and Collected Poems: Volume I, this Pearl edition makes it shine as the separate book that William Carlos Williams intended.
A beacon of modernism, Spring and All makes its freestanding and triumphant return as a New Directions Pearl.
A beautiful facsimile of the 1923 original edition which is considered "one of the greatest poems of the twentieth century" (The New York Times).
Spring and All is a manifesto of the imagination — a hybrid of alternating sections of prose and free verse that coalesce in dramatic, energetic, and beautifully cryptic statements of how language re-creates the world. Spring and All contains some of Williams's best-known poetry, including Section I, which opens, "By the road to the contagious hospital," and Section XXII, where Williams penned his most famous poem, "The Red Wheelbarrow." Now, almost 90 years since its first publiction, New Directions publishes this facsimile of the original 1923 Contact Press edition, featuring a new introduction by C. D. Wright.
About the Author
William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) was born in Rutherford, New Jersey. He received his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, where he met and befriended Ezra Pound and H.D. (Hilda Doolittle). At the same time as maintaining a popular medical practice, he became a prolific poet, novelist, essayist, and playwright. Experimenting with new techniques of meter and lineation, Williams sought to invent an entirely fresh — and singularly American — poetics, whose subject matter was centered on the everyday circumstances of life and the lives of common people. He was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2009.
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