William Carlos Williams: Biography, Famous Poems & Writing Style


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William Carlos Williams is famously known for his double career as a writer and which one of the following?

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1. In order to capture the 'real' American experience, Williams was known to use what kind of language?

2. Williams' strong use of imagery made his work remarkable and unique. In his poem originally untitled and numbered 'XXII', what is the poem's famous image that eventually led to its retitling?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

William Carlos Williams elevated ordinary images, influencing the flavor and direction of American literature. Answer the practice questions on this quiz/worksheet combo to help you recall important facts about his life and work.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be tested on:

  • William Carlos Williams' other career
  • Language choices in his poems
  • Image that inspired the title of his most famous poem
  • Williams' ethnic background
  • The prestigious position that was granted and then revoked because of rumors of communist leanings

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw from the related the lesson the most significant information regarding William Carlos Williams' life and work
  • Information recall - access the knowledge gained about William Carlos Williams
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about his life and contribution to American literature

Additional Learning

Review the lesson William Carlos Williams: Biography, Famous Poems & Writing Style to learn more about his life and role in American literature. The objectives addressed include:

  • Know the poet's birthplace and information about his early life
  • Understand how his other career influenced his writing
  • Analyze his use of imagery and colloquial language
  • Understand the significance of his ethnic background in his attitude toward America
  • Know how the political climate affected his public image