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The Widow's Lament in Springtime

The Widow's Lament in Springtime


by William Carlos Williams

Analysis: Trivia

Brain Snacks: Tasty Tidbits of Knowledge

"The Widow's Lament in Springtime" is a tribute to Williams's mother. Uh, gee, thanks, son? (Source.)

Williams's paternal grandmother was named Emily Dickinson. Nope, not that Emily Dickinson. It's just a funny coincidence. (Source.)

Although he ended up writing a glowing introduction to the poem, when Williams first read Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" he suggested that Ginsberg trim the poem down. By how much? Oh, about half. Yowza. (Source.)

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