Thomas Stearns Eliot,
Received the best education of any major American Writer of his generation at Harvard College, The Sorbonne and Oxford University, He Studied Sanskrit and Oriental philosophy which influenced his poetry.Like his friend the poet Ezra Pound he went to England early and became a towering figure in the literary world there. One of the most respected poets of his day his modernist seemingly illogical or abstract iconoclastic poetry had revolutionary impact.In The Love Song of J.Alfred prufrock (1905) the ineffectual elderly pruforck think to himself that he has measured out his life in coffee spoons existence and a wasted lifetime. Them famous beginning of Eliot’s Prufrock invites the reader into tawdry urban alleyways that like modern lif offer no answers to the question of life.
Poem Said that,
Let us go then, you and I,
When the evening is spread out against the sky
Like a patient etherized upon a table….
Similar imagery pervades The Waste Land ( 1922) which echoes Dante’s Inferno to evoke London’s thronged streets around the time of world war 😐
“Under the brown fog of a winter dawn”
“A crowd flowed over London Bridge, So many”
“I had not thought death had undone so many……”
Robert Lee Frost
Robert Lee Frost was born in California but raised on a farm in the northeast until the age of 10. Like Eliot And pound he went to England attached by new movements in poetry there.He wrote of tradition farm life in New England (part of the northeastern United State) Appealing to a nostalgia for the old ways His subjects are Universal apple picking stone walls, fences country roads Although his approach was lucid and accessible his work is often deceptively simple, Many poems suggest a deeper meaning for example a quiet snowy evening by an almost hypnotic rhyme scheme may suggest the not entirely unwelcome approach of death. From stopping by woods on a snowy Evening (1923)
Poem Said That:
“Whose woods these are I think I know”
‘His house is in the village, though”
“He will not see me stopping here”
“To watch his woods fill up with snow”
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