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Paterson by William Carlos Williams

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By William Carlos Williams

Lengthy well-known as a masterpiece of recent American poetry, WIlliam Carlos Williams' Paterson is one man's testomony and imaginative and prescient, "a humanist manifesto enacted in 5 books, a grammar to assist us life" (Denis Donoghue).Paterson is either a place-the New Jersey urban in whom the individual (the poet's personal existence) and the general public (the heritage of the quarter) are mixed. initially 4 books (published separately among 1946 and 1951), the constitution ofPaterson (in Dr. Williams' phrases) "follows the process the Passaic River" from above the nice falls to its front into the ocean. The unforeseen publication 5, released in 1958, affirms the victorious lifetime of the mind's eye, despite age and dying. This revised variation has been meticulously re-edited by means of Christopher MacGowan, who has provided a wealth of notes and explanatory fabric.

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Paterson

Lengthy well-known as a masterpiece of contemporary American poetry, WIlliam Carlos Williams' Paterson is one man's testomony and imaginative and prescient, "a humanist manifesto enacted in 5 books, a grammar to assist us life" (Denis Donoghue). Paterson is either a place-the New Jersey urban in whom the individual (the poet's personal lifestyles) and the general public (the heritage of the quarter) are mixed.

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I am the most slavish of students, with here a dictionary, there a note-book in which I enter curious uses of the past participle. But one cannot go on for ever cutting these ancient inscriptions clearer with a knife. Shall I always draw the red-serge curtain close and see my book, laid like a block of marble, pale under the lamp? That would be a glorious life, to addict oneself to perfection; to follow the curve of the sentence wherever it might lead, into deserts, under drifts of sand, regardless of lures, of seductions; to be poor always and unkempt; to be ridiculous in Piccadilly.

Then I shall drop you. ‘I am one person – myself. I do not impersonate Catullus, whom I adore. I am the most slavish of students, with here a dictionary, there a note-book in which I enter curious uses of the past participle. But one cannot go on for ever cutting these ancient inscriptions clearer with a knife. Shall I always draw the red-serge curtain close and see my book, laid like a block of marble, pale under the lamp? That would be a glorious life, to addict oneself to perfection; to follow the curve of the sentence wherever it might lead, into deserts, under drifts of sand, regardless of lures, of seductions; to be poor always and unkempt; to be ridiculous in Piccadilly.

But now we have regained our territory after that brief brush with the bicycles and the lime scent and the vanishing figures in the distracted street. Here we are masters of tranquillity and order; inheritors of proud tradition. The lights are beginning to make yellow slits across the square. Mists from the river are filling these ancient spaces. They cling, gently, to the hoary stone. The leaves now are thick in country lanes, sheep cough in the damp fields; but here in your room we are dry. We talk privately.

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