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William Carlos Williams
Modernist and Imagist writer who strove cut traditional European ties to poetry and create an Americanized poetic form which focused on the every day lives of it's citizens. During the 1950s, The Beats would admire his poetic accessibility and cite him not only as a great influence, but as a mentor to the movement.
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