Thursday, April 13, 2006

Close reading: William Carlos Williams' "To Elsie."

To make two bold statements: There's nothing sentimental about a machine, and: A poem is a small (or large) machine made out of words. When I say there's nothing sentimental about a poem, I mean that there can be no part that is redundant.--William Carlos Williams

The Academy of American Poets has a link to Williams reading this poem here.