The Revolution in the Visual Arts and the Poetry of William Carlos Williams

by Peter (Universite de Lausanne, Switzerland) Halter

Part of the Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Series

The Revolution in the Visual Arts and the Poetry of William Carlos Williams Synopsis

The formation of Modernist literature took place in a cultural climate characterised by an unprecedented collaboration between painters, sculptors, writers, musicians and critics on both sides of the Atlantic. Within this multifaceted movement, William Carlos Williams is a paradigmatic case of a writer whose work was the result of a successful attempt at integrating ideas and concepts from the revolutionary visual arts. This book is a major step toward a fuller exploration of the connection between the visual arts and Williams' concept of the Modernist poem and of his achievement in transcending an art-for-art's-sake formalism to create poems which both reflect their own nature as a work of art and vividly evoke the world of that they are a part. As Williams' repeatedly stressed, 'It must not be forgot that we smell, hear and see with words and words alone and that with a new language we smell, hear and see afresh...'

Book Information

ISBN: 9780521102667
Publication date: 12th March 2009
Author: Peter (Universite de Lausanne, Switzerland) Halter
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 288 pages
Categories: Literary studies: poetry & poets, Literary studies: from c 1900 -,

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