William Carlos Williams was an American poet. He specialized in the Imagist movement of early 20th Century poetry. This movement was popularized by Ezra Pound and H.D. (Hilda Doolittle). The movement was focused on breaking down the formalist structure of classical European (romantic) poetry, and recreating it using strong language which spoke to the images created by the words. Hence, the Imagist (or Imagism) movement. The poets also used an economy of words. Why use 30 words when 20 of the right words would do much better? In this respect, minimalism was preferred. I believe that William Carlos Williams was the finest poet of the 20th Century, and I strongly recommend you read some of his works. For example:

Danse Russe

If I when my wife is sleeping

and the baby and Kathleen

are sleeping

and the sun is a flame-white disc

in silken mists

above shining trees,—

if I in my north room

dance naked, grotesquely

before my mirror

waving my shirt round my head

and singing softly to myself:

"I am lonely, lonely.

I was born to be lonely,

I am best so!"

If I admire my arms, my face,

my shoulders, flanks, buttocks

against the yellow drawn shades,—

Who shall say I am not

the happy genius of my household?

This has been "Get to Know a Poet," by Freeman McNeil, educator and poet