Student Independent Projects English 2017: "Music it for yourself:" Poetic Measure and Embodiment of Knowledge in the Language of William Carlos Williams' Paterson

Barry, David (2017) Student Independent Projects English 2017: "Music it for yourself:" Poetic Measure and Embodiment of Knowledge in the Language of William Carlos Williams' Paterson. Research Report. Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The industrialized early 20th-century society of William Carlos Williams' America drives ahead in pursuit of scientific knowledge and new technology, both creating and collaterally suffering broad-scale human calamity. Responding to the post-Depression and post- World War II era of America, Williams reports on a crisis in the field of letters: "the construction of our poems…is left shamefully to the past" (Essays 337). Such an ineffectual state of affairs for poetry is for Williams symptomatic of a more general crisis in human knowledge, the pursuit of which has been co-opted by political institutions and by industrial enterprise, which lack any artful linguistic or communicative elements. In updating the "construction" of poetry, Williams recognizes the need for new bases of knowledge and the language that both instantiates it and, he will find, is also one of its constitutive elements.

Item Type: Report (Research Report)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/13135
Item ID: 13135
Department(s): Grenfell Campus > School of Arts and Social Science > English
Date: 2017
Date Type: Submission

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