Pictures from Brueghel and Other Poems – William Carlos Williams (1962)


Pictures from Brueghel and Other Poems by William Carlos Williams was first published by New Directions in 1962. The book consists of a collection of 105 poems (figs. 3-5) written from 1949-1962. Akin to Williams’s imagist poetry, the beginning of the book consists of a collection of 10 poems based on paintings by the titular Flemish painter, Pieter Brueghel the Elder. The collection of poetry also presents the trajectory and refinement of William Carlos Williams’s own late-life poetry as well as it served as the final poetry collection published during his lifetime. In 1963, Pictures from Brueghel and Other Poems won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry along $500 that went with the distinction of winning said award; William Carlos Williams received the award posthumously for Williams died two months prior to winning the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. The edition being exhibited is from a later printing run (seventh) which differs from the first printing regarding both the exterior presentation as it nominates the prize awarded to the book as well as the interior where an afterword by close friend to William Carlos Williams, John C. Thirlwall was included after the book was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. The award served as precedent to the begging of a line of Pulitzer Prize-winning poets published under New Directions, spanning from 1966 to 1975; a total of three poets published by New Directions managed to produce Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry books in said span of time (Richard Eberhart in 1966, George Oppen in 1969 and Gary Snyder in 1975). … Pictures from Brueghel and Other Poems consists of 105 poems divided into three parts. The first of these three parts (Fig. 8) titled ‘Pictures from Brueghel’ consists of 73 poems that William Carlos Williams wrote in the ten years prior to the book’s publication. The titular first part ‘Pictures from Brueghel’ compiles ten poems, all of which are examples of ekphrastic poetry, where each poem ‘entails some transformation or interconnection between verbal and visual experience’ (Prinz 92) fusing the gap between both text and paintings. Williams’s imagist aesthetic enables the simple and concise parallelisms between Brueghel’s own paintings and their textual interpretations in Williams’s own poetry. …”
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