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William Carlos Williams' poems are like pictures, full of visual images that youngsters will quickly grasp and enjoy. Thirty-two of his finest verses, accompanied by gorgeous paintings that capture Williams' evocative references to nature and everyday life, grace this new title in the much-celebrated Poetry for Young People series. Renowned scholar and professor Christophe William Carlos Williams' poems are like pictures, full of visual images that youngsters will quickly grasp and enjoy. Thirty-two of his finest verses, accompanied by gorgeous paintings that capture Williams' evocative references to nature and everyday life, grace this new title in the much-celebrated Poetry for Young People series. Renowned scholar and professor Christopher MacGowan, who has edited several volumes of Williams' work, provides a fascinating biography of this poet-doctor as well as invaluable annotations that explain unfamiliar vocabulary. Exquisite paintings, by the distinguished artist Robert Crockett, make every page a treat to look at and truly illuminate the poems. Among the poems included here are "Dawn," with its lovely evocation of bird song and flight; "Primrose," a celebration of summer's joys; "10/30," a witty verse that imitates the sounds of freight trains passing by the station near his home; and an excerpt from his famed book-length poem, "Paterson." Professor Christopher MacGowan is co-editor of Volume I of The Collected Poems of William Carlos Williams, and editor of Volume II and other books of Williams's poetry. He is also the author of articles on Sherwood Anderson, Denise Levertov, and Vladimir Nabokov. Professor MacGowan is the Chair of the English department at The College of William and Mary. Robert Crockett has illustrated numerous books, magazine articles, and advertising pieces. Among his many awards are 11 gold and silver medals from the San Francisco Society of Illustrators (of which he was past president). His paintings regularly show in the New York Society of Illustrators Annual Exhibit.


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William Carlos Williams' poems are like pictures, full of visual images that youngsters will quickly grasp and enjoy. Thirty-two of his finest verses, accompanied by gorgeous paintings that capture Williams' evocative references to nature and everyday life, grace this new title in the much-celebrated Poetry for Young People series. Renowned scholar and professor Christophe William Carlos Williams' poems are like pictures, full of visual images that youngsters will quickly grasp and enjoy. Thirty-two of his finest verses, accompanied by gorgeous paintings that capture Williams' evocative references to nature and everyday life, grace this new title in the much-celebrated Poetry for Young People series. Renowned scholar and professor Christopher MacGowan, who has edited several volumes of Williams' work, provides a fascinating biography of this poet-doctor as well as invaluable annotations that explain unfamiliar vocabulary. Exquisite paintings, by the distinguished artist Robert Crockett, make every page a treat to look at and truly illuminate the poems. Among the poems included here are "Dawn," with its lovely evocation of bird song and flight; "Primrose," a celebration of summer's joys; "10/30," a witty verse that imitates the sounds of freight trains passing by the station near his home; and an excerpt from his famed book-length poem, "Paterson." Professor Christopher MacGowan is co-editor of Volume I of The Collected Poems of William Carlos Williams, and editor of Volume II and other books of Williams's poetry. He is also the author of articles on Sherwood Anderson, Denise Levertov, and Vladimir Nabokov. Professor MacGowan is the Chair of the English department at The College of William and Mary. Robert Crockett has illustrated numerous books, magazine articles, and advertising pieces. Among his many awards are 11 gold and silver medals from the San Francisco Society of Illustrators (of which he was past president). His paintings regularly show in the New York Society of Illustrators Annual Exhibit.

48 review for Poetry for Young People: William Carlos Williams

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jen Knapp

    I appreciate the simplicity of his writing. He is a photographer of things--but he uses words instead of a camera.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Sheetz

    Like most of the books in this series, the book starts with a biography of the poet and talks about how he changed poetry in the 20th century. Over 30 of his poems are illustrated in the book along with brief paragraphs about the poem or its significance. Great for a lesson or unit on poetry in 4th through 6th grade. Classroom library 3rd through 6th grade.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Love these poems and this method of introducing kids to poetry. I found the intros and art helpful as an adult too.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    I don't know if this is the same edition I read -- mine was edited by Christopher MacGowan, not Robert Crockett -- but this entry in the uniformly excellent Poetry for Young People series doesn't disappoint. The introductory material about the poet's life is clear, concise, and interesting, written in such a way that the intended audience learns the highlights of Williams' biography without becoming bogged down with unimportant details. The selection of poetry featured here is also decent, and I I don't know if this is the same edition I read -- mine was edited by Christopher MacGowan, not Robert Crockett -- but this entry in the uniformly excellent Poetry for Young People series doesn't disappoint. The introductory material about the poet's life is clear, concise, and interesting, written in such a way that the intended audience learns the highlights of Williams' biography without becoming bogged down with unimportant details. The selection of poetry featured here is also decent, and I appreciate the blurbs that introduce each poem. For example, "This is Just to Say" is introduced as follows: "Williams thought that what a poem had 'to say' did not have to be about grand feelings or major events, but could be about the moments of ordinary, everyday life, like this message from Williams to his wife. We can almost taste and enjoy the plums along with the poet. There are no superfluous words, and the title even serves as the poem's first line: This is Just to Say..."

  5. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

    I love the idea of combining poetry with artwork, but the artwork here I just didn't enjoy. Nevertheless, it is helpful having some illustrated poems by great poets to share with elderly clients. One thing I appreciate about this series are the editor's introduction and comments. Even if I don't always agree with them, they are thought-provoking. Today one of my clients seemed to really enjoy the Red Wheelbarrow, and This Is Just To Say. I love the idea of combining poetry with artwork, but the artwork here I just didn't enjoy. Nevertheless, it is helpful having some illustrated poems by great poets to share with elderly clients. One thing I appreciate about this series are the editor's introduction and comments. Even if I don't always agree with them, they are thought-provoking. Today one of my clients seemed to really enjoy the Red Wheelbarrow, and This Is Just To Say.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Georgia Herod

    A readable biography precedes presentation of poems, along with a sentence or two of comment about the poem to help young readers connect. In addition, occasional definition of words or subjects for added explanation are included on the appropriate page. The images are closely related to the poems. Lovely!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Elliott

    I like William Carlos Williams. I like the painting style illustrations that accompany each poem. The introductory information was hit or miss. The vocabulary terms weren't not in there for someone like me. Both make the poems more accessible for children, which was obviously the intention, so well done. I like William Carlos Williams. I like the painting style illustrations that accompany each poem. The introductory information was hit or miss. The vocabulary terms weren't not in there for someone like me. Both make the poems more accessible for children, which was obviously the intention, so well done.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    a collection of poetry for young children with explanations and detailed information about the creation and subject of the poetry a great teachers aid

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    Who Knew Williams is so much more than a red wheel barrow glazed with rain water beside the white chickens?

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dayna Smith

    A magnificent collection of Williams's work. A wonderful way to introduce young people to one of America's greatest poets. A magnificent collection of Williams's work. A wonderful way to introduce young people to one of America's greatest poets.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    This fantastic collection of illustrated poems is perfect for teaching imagism to my creative writing and English students.

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