Essay on T.s. Eliot And Society

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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. During women’s suffrage, society’s focus on simple traditions shifted to concentrate on more of urban culture. The Great…show more content…
Alfred Prufrock” (1917), “Cousin Nancy” (1924), The Criterion (1922-1939), “Ash Wednesday” (1930), Four Quartets (1936), The Cocktail Party (1950), The Confidential Clerk (1954), and The Elder Statesman (1958). His early works, like "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" and The Waste Land, formulate on a wide range of cultural reference to depict a modern world that is in ruins yet somehow beautiful and deeply meaningful (Spender). Eliot’s later poetry began to change to more spiritual and religious themes as he got older and declared Christianity. His later works tended to focus on giving revelations instead of centering on the behavior of mankind like his earlier poetry. Most of his poetry came from observations he made by watching humans interact with one another and their environment. He believed in speaking truthfully and bringing originality to everything he did. Eliot made it clear that the poem should come before the poet and emphasized society’s role. As a whole, the works of T.S. Eliot depicted the public’s position as a moving culture faced with conflict. Eliot’s poetry informs the reader of certain human circumstances whether they are resplendent or disturbing. Many of his poems are associated with death and dreadful things. For example, his poem, “Whispers of Immortality,” which was written in 1920 gives an unpleasant glance at death and the interest behind it. During this time, the world was suffering from a turning point caused by World War I and
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