Pictures from Brueghel and Other Poems

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First edition (publ. New Directions)

Pictures from Brueghel and Other Poems is a 1962 book of poems by the American modernist poet/writer William Carlos Williams.[1] It was Williams's final book,[2] for which he posthumously won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1963.[3]

Pieter Brueghel the Elder was a Flemish painter (born circa 1525-1530, died 1569),[4] famous for pictures of peasant life. This book opens with the title cycle of ten poems (the last poem is in three parts), each based on a Brueghel painting.[2]


  1. ^ Williams, William Carlos (1962). Pictures from Brueghel and other poems: collected poems 1950-1962. New York: New Directions. ISBN 978-0-8112-0234-3. OCLC 17518488. 
  2. ^ a b Conarroe, Joel (May 1971). "The Measured Dance: Williams' "Pictures from Brueghel"". Journal of Modern Literature (Indiana University Press) 1 (4): 565–577. 
  3. ^ "Williams, William Carlos". Pennsylvania Center for the Book. Pennsylvania State University. Retrieved November 1, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Pieter Bruegel I (the elder)". Grove Art Online. Retrieved November 1, 2011.