NEW: William Carlos Williams, “To Elsie”

“The pure products of America / go crazy…”

And we’re doing the same. For WCW. The poet, the obstetrician. “The lovely man,” as John Berryman called him. William Carlos Williams’s “To Elsie” is up and (mostly) annotated over at Rap Genius. Some questions posed in the annotations: Did the first line of the poem influence the first line of Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl”? Did the deer at the end suggest the reindeer at the end of Auden’s “The Fall of Rome“? Could Jersey Shore have changed Williams’s mind about our culture?

If you have any insight into these or other mysteries, add your explanations. Go crazy with us. With America.

More about Williams at Poetry Foundation.

More about Williams at Poets.org.

About these ads

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 75 other followers