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Arnold Villarreal Ellis Pre-AP English 1, P3 10 February 2014 You say love is this, love is that: Williams Carlos

Williams Williams Carlos Williams was quite the interesting person. He lived, what one might say, a great life. Life was pretty good for him throughout and though he had some struggles, the positive things overpowered them. Williams Carlos Williams vivid and mellow poetry deals with his hectic experiences with women, which directly reflects his life at home, Williams wonderfully successful life as an adult and child and his everyday observations on walks and out-of-town trips. There were many people and events that shaped the person that Williams Carlos Williams was and what he did. Emily Dickinson, Williams grandmother, is arguably his biggest inspiration (The Poetry Foundation.org). Dickinson is the reason that Williams took the career of a poet. If one were to examine closely, one can see that both use figurative language in the same creative way. After getting rejected on his first proposal (The Poetry Foundation.org) by the woman he loved, he chose not to go after a lost cause and decided to marry her sister. He is a true inspiration to all men around the world because not only does it take guts to leave the woman whom you thought was the one, but it takes even more guts to go after that womans sister. There was a period of his poetry where he was more serious and solemn but he broke out of this phase when finding success in marriage. As a child growing up, he had many friends

and was well financially supported, and as an adult, his written work soared and he met many long-time acquaintances (Poets.org). However, the way he kept up his optimism during his struggles is inspirational. Because he did not start from the bottom, he did not receive the attention as other famous poets did. However, his talent made him a great poet nonetheless. Williams Carlos Williams grew up in the midst of the industrial revolution (About.com/20th Century History). Technology was advancing all around him and so, in turn, he talked about more of these newer things in his poetry. His methods of writing became easier than writing by hand with new typewriters etc. Wars were very common during his time; WW1, WW2, and Vietnam (About.com/20th Century History) all occurred during Williams lifetime. His outlet during these bad times was writing. He secluded himself from terror and made way with his love for poetry. He went through a more serious period of poetry during the Great Depression (The Poetry Foundation.org). During this time he went from a happy care-free writer to a stern, serious writer. However, he soon broke out of this phase back to the Williams Carlos Williams who was known to write about his lust for women. He stayed happy during these hard times because writing was his best release from reality. Williams poetry deals almost completely with women and his love/hate relationship with them. In the poem Memory of April he writes You say love is this, love is thatlove has not even visited this country (1 & 6). He was probably going through a rough time with a woman. This poem could have been possibly linked to rejection in his first proposal. In A Cold Front he writes the baby chortles in its spit and there is a dull flush of almost beauty in the womans face (14-16). The woman is under so much stress that the only thing she finds pleasure in is seeing her kids move on. This could possibly be linked to a bad time in Williamss love life. Overall, his poetry deals with his overcoming of obstacles with love.

In the end, Williams Carlos Williams was a happy person with a great life, loving family, and success in his writing. Despite some setbacks, he used his poetry to get past his struggles and it helped him stay optimistic in a battered world until his death in 1963. He is an inspiration to men for not giving up on love and that is his legacy that lives on to this day as we can see by having students recognize him as one of the greats.

Works Cited Rosenburg, Jennifer. "History Timeline of the 20th Century." About.com 20th Century History. About.com, n.d. Web. 08 Feb. 2014. <http://history1900s.about.com/od/timelines/tp/timeline.htm>. "William Carlos Williams." : The Poetry Foundation. Poetry Foundation, n.d. Web. 09 Feb. 2014. <http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/william-carlos-williams>. "William Carlos Williams." Poets.org. Academy of American Poets, n.d. Web. 08 Feb. 2014. <http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/119>.