spring and all

By: streetdiscrete

Mar 25 2010

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William Carlos Williams, in response to the morbid and nihilistic portrayal of modernity and humanity that was T.S. Eliot’s “The Wasteland” wrote his perhaps most famous  poem “Spring and All”. The intertextual dialogue that takes place between those two seminal works is one that continues to this day. Is the future full of hope or is it empty? Have we maxed out as a civilization? As a society? Are our experiences cyclical? Or do we craft new experiences with each passing second? Have our actions as a people built a future or ended our potential? Eliot, crudely summarized, believed in an empty future, that humanity was not long for this world. Williams, reaffirmed hope, believed in the renewal of life. He did not reject that times get dark, that winters are cold; he simply understood that spring was always around the corner.

“Still, the profound change
has come upon them”

-excerpt from “Spring and All” by William Carlos Williams


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