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William Carlos Williams was born on September 17 1883 in Rutherford New Jersey He lived in this town for almost his entire life except for school and visits to Europe with his family William got his first and last name from his father and his middle name from his uncle on his mothers side Williams 402 Williams father William George Williams was an English Episcopalian Longman 1 Williams father never became an American because using his British papers made trips he frequently made to South America easier He did not go to church much but instead went to seances with his wife Williams 15 When he was near death he appeared in a dream of Williams In this dream William saw who he thought was his father dying When he realized that his father was not dead his father spoke to him and said You know all that poetry youre writing Well its no good Williams 15 Williams mother Raquel Helne Rose Hoheb was mentally unstable and had psychotic episodes during times of emotional stress Most of these episodes happened at home but she had an episode at Sunday school while she was playing the piano William was extremely embarrassed by it During these episodes she would point to someone to hold her hand When the wrong person comforted her she would shake the person violently Williams 17 In spite of her mental instability Williams still loved his mother and wrote one of his later poems about her Holland 127 William was a playful child and played with friends and relatives When William was about ten he was playing with his cousins with a toy cannon They used gunpowder to shoot the canon During one fire the powder did not seem to light correctly William looked inside to see what went wrong Suddenly the powder lit and he was blasted powder into Williams face and confined to bed for several days He often
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