The Writings of Dr. William Carlos Williams Book Review by scribbler

The Writings of Dr. William Carlos Williams
Reviews the stories and poetry of physician-writer William Carlos Williams.
# 152418 | 1,340 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2013 | US
Published on Feb 10, 2013 in Literature (American) , Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis)

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This paper first suggests that, after reading the stories and poetry of Williams Carlos Williams, initially Dr. Williams appears not to care for his patients and to lack sympathy for those who were poor and for those who had lost a child; therefore, it is important to examine the different relationships that he had with various clients. Next, the author reviews nine of his stories and poem to gain a better understand of Dr. Williams' professional life and the times in which he lived. The paper concludes that Dr. Williams' stories and poetry depict a very conscious man, who loved being a doctor.

From the Paper:

""The Insane" is a story that references the case of a boy who went insane. The doctor feels that lack of attention from the boy's mother is the reason for his mental disease. The doctor is forced to get her attention by behaving inappropriately. This story relates to the nature versus nurture argument in that Dr. Williams believes nurture is the cause of the boy's insanity. However, during the aforementioned conversation, the doctor shows care for the boy by bringing the focus back on the child instead of the mother. This story by Dr. W.E. Williams, son of W.C. Williams, is about the son being assured that he was right in bringing the focus back to the boy instead of simply surrendering to the label that had been stuck on the child.
"In "Jean Beicke," Dr. Williams shows the complexity of his character when it comes to little Jean. "...we all got to be crazy about Jean," the doctor states, and when it was Jean's time, "I went in there and she was just lying there gasping. Somehow or other, I hated to see that kid go" . Yet, at the end of the story, when the ear man states that if they'd have gotten in there earlier, they'd have saved her, Dr. Williams says, "For what?""

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Koch, Vivienne. William Carlos Williams. Connecticut: New Directions Books, 1950.
  • Williams, William Carlos., Litz, A. Walton, & MacGowan, Christopher. (Eds.). The Collected Poems of William Carlos Williams: Volume II 1939-1962. New York: New Directions Books, 1986.
  • Williams, William Carlos. The Doctor Stories. New York: New Directions; 1st edition, 1984.

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