A Modernist By Trade By William Carlos Williams Essay

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A modernist by trade, William Carlos Williams works with other artists in an effort to start and perpetuate a new movement. Working within the constraints that focused on breaking free from past restrictions and conscriptions with an eye towards current events and cultural influences, Williams is building something beautifully simplistic in his poetry. Towards the beginning of his efforts in poetry Williams’ underlines the fears associated with the cultural change to modernism, and the prevalent criticisms within it. This is seen the most obviously in his poem The Young Housewife. With a definitive focus on simple lines and modern day life, The Young Housewife sits as a solidification of not only Williams’ dream for what poetry should be, but what modernists everywhere were striving to do with their own work. Underlying the simplicity and modernist tone of the poem are lines that showcase Williams’ understanding of the modernist’s battle for cultural acceptance. With an observation of the modernist theme and of the previous traditional ideologies, The Young Housewife is shown to illuminate the overarching American cultural uncertainty after its modernist baptism. Most obviously The Young Housewife is bringing attention to the progression of modernism. This is seen through the speaker’s observance of the woman, the housewife. She “moves about in negligee behind / the wooden walls of her husband’s house” (304). Something that could have been happening previously in history,…

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