Love Song

By William Carlos Williams 1883–1963
I lie here thinking of you:—
 
the stain of love
is upon the world!
Yellow, yellow, yellow
it eats into the leaves,
smears with saffron
the horned branches that lean
heavily
against a smooth purple sky!
There is no light
only a honey-thick stain
that drips from leaf to leaf
and limb to limb
spoiling the colors
of the whole world—
 
you far off there under
the wine-red selvage of the west!

Source: William Carlos Williams: Selected Poems (The Library of America, 2004)

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Poet William Carlos Williams 1883–1963

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

SCHOOL / PERIOD Imagist

Subjects Nature, Fall, Trees & Flowers, Love, Desire, Romantic Love, Unrequited Love

 William Carlos Williams

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William Carlos Williams has always been known as an experimenter, an innovator, a revolutionary figure in American poetry. Yet in comparison to artists of his own time who sought a new environment for creativity as expatriates in Europe, Williams lived a remarkably conventional life. A doctor for more than forty years serving the New Jersey town of Rutherford, he relied on his patients, the America around him, and his own . . .

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SUBJECT Nature, Fall, Trees & Flowers, Love, Desire, Romantic Love, Unrequited Love

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

SCHOOL / PERIOD Imagist

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