May 1, 2015
T. S. Eliot vs. Wallace Stevens
During T. S. Eliot’s time many of his contemporaries including himself were in the custom of alluding to classic works of poetry. They incorporated references to notable texts like Dante. Eliot especially is a main perpetrator of alluding. Eliot has the ability create a picture for the reader and provide historical context to his works. A contemporary of Eliot, Pound, once said you should try to “be influenced by as many great artists as [they] can” (Pound 95). Eliot is following what Pound said by incorporating allusions in his works.
Throughout Eliot’s works, references to Greek epics were used. Eliot was able to interweave the other works into his poetry, creating a poem that reflected his ideas and incorporated past and the present. As a reader of his poetry, one can be easily confusing trying to follow all of the references. It is hard to tell where his ideas begin and the allusion ends. Although hard to understand his technique is innovative. He is able to incorporate huge works to back up his views. The toughness of interpretation of his poems also limits the potential reactions and experience the reader can get out. He is making things harder than they have to be. The allusions are like icing on a cake. It works but is not necessary to get the point across.
Wallace was another of Eliot’s contemporaries but he did not support Eliot’s reliance on allusions. Wallace was trying to look towards the future instead of into the past. In the poem “The Man with the Blue Guitar,” Stevens chose to change up the meter of the poem in an effort to create a clear image for the reader to interpret. Wallace is straightforward with his ...
... middle of paper ...
...’s portrayal of the desolate present was similar to Eliot’s imaginings, Stevens chose to focus on an American future rather than a European past.
List of Works Cited
Eliot, T. S., and Michael North. The Waste Land: Authoritative Text, Contexts, Criticism. New York: W.W. Norton, 2001. Print.
Eliot, T. S. "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock." Prufrock, and Other Observations. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1920. N. pag. Bartleby.com. Aug. 2011. Web. 11 Mar. 2014.
Pound, Ezra. "A Few Don 'ts by an Imagiste." Poetry Magazine 1.6 (1913): 95-97. The Poetry Foundation. Web. 11 Mar. 2014.
Ramazani, Jahan, Richard Ellmann, and Robert O 'Clair. The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry. New York: W.W. Norton, 2003. Print.
Stevens, Wallace. "The Man with the Blue Guitar." Wallace Stevens - Collected Poetry & Prose. N.p.: Library of America, 1997. 135-51. Print.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- Modernist Poets E.E. Cummings, Wallace Stevens, and T.S. Eliot Change the Face of American Poetry Modernist poets such as E.E. Cummings, Wallace Stevens, and T.S. Eliot changed the face of American poetry by destroying the notion that American culture is far inferior to European culture. These and other American poets accomplished the feat of defining an American poetic style in the Modern Era by means of a truly American idea. That idea is the melting pot. Just as American culture exists as a mixture of races, beliefs, and ideas, the new American style of poetry exists as a mixture of old English styles with a new concept of the international style.... [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
1695 words (4.8 pages)
- ... In this sense, Stevens calls for the reader’s attention to carefully follow the idea and image the poem pictures by structuring this type of sentence. The poem drives the reader to an epistemological concern about the boundaries between reality and imagination. Stevens captures a specific moment: a man beholding a winter landscape, but what does the man really behold. The poem resolves: “the nothing that is” This phrase is precisely what changes the epistemology, described in the previous fourteen lines.... [tags: poems analysis]
1612 words (4.6 pages)
- Wallace Stevens is not an easy poet to understand. His work is purposely twisted and tangled so one is forced to thing-whether they want to or not. Stevens’ poetry ranges from real life situations to situations which are simply a depiction of his imagination. One thing can be concluded though, Stevens does not allow his work to have a single meaning. Why should he. This is the upmost quality that makes his stand out from his competitors in the poetic industry. An interesting theme though which Wallace truly enjoys writing about, in all seriousness, is something thought provoking- perception.... [tags: Wallace Stevens Poetry]
1515 words (4.3 pages)
- What are “Castratos of moon-mash?” Who are these seemingly real but only partially embodied figures, which Wallace Stevens mentions almost in passing at line three in his poem, “Men Made Out of Words.” As readers, how are we to understand this short ambivalent phrase, which while confounding us appears to answer the question raised in the previous two lines: “What should we be without the sexual myth, / The human revery or the poem of death” (1-2). Stevens does not elaborate on the image of the moon-mashed castratos he has just presented, but instead using a hyphen formulates and finishes the relatively short ten-line poem.... [tags: Wallace Stevens]
3708 words (10.6 pages)
- Wallace Stevens “Sunday Morning” illustrates the battle between choosing religion or not. The Christianity faith puts you in a constant ritual of Sunday church. The woman decided to take a Sunday off to relax and take in the nature. While sitting on a Sunday morning and indulging in a late breakfast, she is overwhelmed with guilt of not attending church. “Complacencies of the peignoir, and late, Coffee and oranges in a sunny chair” (line 1-2). Wallace uses imagery of the everyday world around as a way to show how we sometimes don’t take time out for nature.... [tags: Wallace Stevens, Sunday Morning, religion, ]
723 words (2.1 pages)
- Modernism was the time period between 1865 and 1950 that consisted of a change in the perspectives of how Americans examined themselves and their role in society. Many things occurred during these eighty five years that accounted for a great social change. Among these things were World War I, the Civil Rights Movement, prohibition, women suffrage, and the Great Depression. Particularly after World War I and during women’s suffrage, society’s standpoint on certain issues changed dramatically. After World War I, people’s attitudes swung with high expectations for themselves but were soon lowered after the economy’s fall.... [tags: essays research papers fc]
1467 words (4.2 pages)
- An Annotation of Wallace Stevens' Of Modern Poetry In "Of Modern Poetry," Stevens describes the purpose of modern poetry given what the audience knows and values. Modern poetry must be different from traditional poetry, because people of his time perceive themselves and their world differently than the people of earlier times. Stevens suggests that war, like other changes, have affected what people believe. Poetry must reflect to its audience what they want to hear. It must show them that the order, meaning and value they need is real, in so much as their minds both need it and can create it.... [tags: Wallace Stevens Modern Poetry Papers]
2350 words (6.7 pages)
- Wallace Stevens's "The Emperor of Ice-Cream" "The only emperor is the emperor of ice-cream," Wallace Steven's writes in his poem "The Emperor of Ice-Cream" (8). This line proclaiming the ice-cream maker as important as an emperor is used metaphorically to describe the selfishness of human nature. One the surface, the poem is about the wake of a poor, old woman. However, if the metaphors and symbols of the poem are examined, the poem's deeper message becomes apparent. The attenders of the wake, who represent human nature, are uninterested in the dead woman; they are only concerned with their own wants - eating ice-cream.... [tags: Stevens Ice Cream]
960 words (2.7 pages)
- Wallace Stevens: The Escape Wallace Stevens is considered one of America’s most respected poets, taking fame in the early 20th century by his unique use of romantic ideals, incredible vocabulary, and pondering human imagination in the world’s desolate reality. He once stated “One writes poetry because one must” (Encyclopedia of World Biography). Born and educated professionally, Stevens’ poetry frequently discusses how perspectives deal with reality while also an escape from his conventional life.... [tags: Life, Religion, Black-and-white films, Poetry]
1196 words (3.4 pages)
- Domination of Black by Wallace Stevens The poem " Domination of Black" by Wallace Stevens takes place on an early autumn night, focusing at one point on a person in a room thinking about darkness, while a fire is going in a fireplace nearby. A few images appear repetitively, which tie the poem together more clearly. The poem begins by describing the setting: night time, by a fire indoors. Then explaining that the colors of the fallen leaves and bushed nearby outside have changed color. This is visible to the person inside by the fireplace.... [tags: Papers]
455 words (1.3 pages)