Paterson Book Five.
by Williams, William Carlos.
A Very Good plus copy with evidence of bookplate removal from the front flyleaf in a Very Good dust jacket with a couple of faint spots to front cover, edgewear with several short closed edge tears and a small chip to the head of the spine. This poem is composed of five books and a fragment of a sixth book. The five books of Paterson were published separately in 1946, 1948, 1949, 1951 and 1958. This book is considered to be Williams' epic. Williams' book In the American Grain is claimed to be Paterson's abstracted introduction involving a rewritten American history. Paterson itself is a poetic monument to, and personification of, the city of Paterson, New Jersey. One of the least opaque themes of the poem centers on the process of industrialization and its effects. The poet Randall Jarrell said that "the [true] subject of Paterson is: How can you tell the truth about things?--that is, how can you find a language so close to the world that the world can be represented and understood in it?" One notable phrase that echoes this theme and is repeated throughout the poem is, "No ideas but in things."[
Edition: First Printing of the First US Edition
Book Id: 24089