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William Carlos Williams William Carlos Williams was born on September 17th 1883 in Rutherford New Jersey Before realizing his ability of writing he studied to become a doctor and became a pediatrician Williams is most famous not for the way he writes but for what he writes about He was the first poet and author to come up with the crazy idea of writing about everyday things and not the same old things that are in every poem He always cut out the unnecessary things from his poems and has only the words that contribute to the point of the poem He was the spark that started the fire which became poems as we know them today and changed the whole course of literary history The poem The Red Wheelbarrow is a great example on how Williams only puts the necessities in his poems Williams could have gone on for a very long time explaining what he is trying to say but instead he says what he is thinking and lets the reader figure the rest out In the first stanza he could have made a long list of what depends on the red wheelbarrow like a farmer or a worker but he doesnt which makes the reader have to think In the third stanza he could have blabbered on about why the wheelbarrow was exactly glazed with rainwater using metaphors and similes but he decided he only wanted what was truly necessary He could have also explained why the white chickens were there in the 4th stanza but he decides it is unnecessary so he leaves it out He ended up with only 4 stanzas which he believed was all that was necessary The Locust Tree in Flower had two versions because after writing the first Williams realized that some things were not necessary He nearly cut the poem in half when he shortened it because he believed that that half was not contributing
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