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epitaph

by William Carlos Williams

Epitaph

An old willow with hollow branches
slowly swayed his few high bright tendrils
and sang:

“Love is a young green willow
shimmering at the bare wood’s edge.”

William Carlos Williams (17 September 1883 – 4 March 1963)
An American poet closely associated with modernism and Imagism. Williams tried to invent an entirely fresh form, an American form of poetry whose subject matter was centered on everyday circumstances of life and the lives of common people. He then came up with the concept of the variable foot evolved from years of visual and auditory sampling of his world from the first person perspective as a part of the day in the life as a physician. The variable foot is rooted within the multi-faceted American Idiom.

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