An Research of No Ideas However in Things in Williams Poetry

An Examination of No Ideas However in Things in Williams Poetry

Analysis of No Ideas but in Things

Analysis of "No Ideas however in Things"

I will show the implications of Williams’ maxim by demonstrating the consequences it is wearing his poetry, & most notably himself. Firstly I would prefer to divert our focus on duality as a significant theme, and affecting issue of such a maxim. For my introductory description I want to consider the criticism of J. Hillis Miller.

In his famous essay on William Carlos Williams in Poets of Simple fact (1966), J. Hillis Miller contends that the community of Williams can be beyond dualism. Regarding to Miller’s pre-deconstructive argument, "A primordial union of subject matter and object may be the basic presupposition" of Williams’s poetry ("Introduction" 6). Citing Williams’s dictum, "No strategies however in things," and such poems as "The Crimson Wheelbarrow," Miller claims that-in comparison to the duality inherent in the idealism of the classical, passionate, or symbolist traditions, wherein the things of the world signify transcendent "supernatural realities"-the objects of Williams’s poetry signify themselves and nothing extra, existing "within a shallow space, like this developed on the canvases of the American abstract expressionists" ("Introduction" 3), exposing the poem much less a representation of an object, but as an object alone. Miller discovers in Williams’s verse "no symbolism, no depth, no mention of a global beyond the world, no style of imagery, no dialectical framework, no interaction of subject and object-just information" ("Introduction" 5). For Miller, this overcome duality represents nothing less than "a revolution in human being sensibility" and an "abandonment" of the ego: "There is absolutely no description of private inner experience. There

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