William Carlos Williams was a medical doctor - a pediatrician. You went to his home office for consults, or he did house calls. He was also affiliated with a hospital, and regularly "did rounds" there. This poem, "Between Walls," describes what he observed while looking out from a back wing of the hospital. The poem was written under the sway of "imagism," a modernist mode that called for radical condensation, precision, and visuality.
1. read the poem: link to text
2. listen to Williams perform the poem: link to PennSound
3. read/listen to a text-audio alignment of the poem: link to PennSound
4. listen to a 25-minute discussion of the poem: link to PoemTalk
5. watch a 10-minute discussion of the poem: link to video