Essay on A New Perspective

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A New Perspective Poets in American history have struggled over time to create or find a distinct American voice among the many different cultural influences and borrowed styles. Each era of poets contributed to the search in a slightly different way, but it was the modernists that really sought to make poetry new. A group to these modernists, called the expatriates, thought that the only way to obtain a new voice would be to escape any ties with old traditions, and to leave the country that held them captive in an inspirationaless environment. Turned off by America, they left for Europe only to rediscover America, and in turn, contribute enormously to the growth and development of the American voice. Many reasons surround the…show more content…
Like so many others, Pound's answer was to leave the country. His influence, however, never left. Today Pound is featured in many American anthologies of poetry and is a well known American poet. So how then did someone so against American culture end up a significant player in the history of American literature? The answer lies in what these many expatriates found while in Europe. They discovered a way to write for only themselves minus outside cultural influences (Paris, 2). Most importantly, writing abroad gave them a new perspective. When one is away from familiar surroundings, belonging to no particular environment, he or she acquires a new consciousness of surroundings, and a new way of looking at the world (Paris, 2). From this new perspective, the world was theirs, and they were free to write about it in any way plausible. Many expatriates found that living abroad showed them what it means to be an American, and that the values of their country were reflected in themselves as writers and their poetry (McCarthy, 11). In his book exploring expatriatism, Ernest Earnest writes that "Never before had the expatriates tried so hard to shake off the dust of their native land; yet perhaps no group of expatriates were so thoroughly American" (Earnest, 274). He goes on to quote Harold Stearns, who

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