William Carlos Williams

Comments & Themes

Study Questions. You can reflect and write a paper on the following topics:

  • The poetics of the ordinary.

  • "The Widow's Lament in Spring" and Chinese influence

  • Compare William's "Portrait of a Lady" with Pound's "Portrait d'une Femme" and Eliot's "Portrait of a Lady".

  • How does Williams renew the love lyric?

  • William's experimentalism and cinematic technique.

  • The motif of spring in Williams's "Spring and All" and Eliot's WL.

  • Myth and ordinary objects of everyday life.

  • Poetry and technology.

  • Williams and Tradition.