William Wordsworth and T.S. Eliot

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William Wordsworth and T.S. Eliot are both excellent and admirable poets from different time periods that have very distinct views on what it means to be a true poet. On one hand Wordsworth strived to be unique, romantic and sentimental in a time where people needed a poet as such. On the other hand, Eliot lived in a time where romanticism and sentimentalism did not satisfy readers that needed something less elevated and more realistic. Although they had opposing views neither is right or wrong and can only speak for the poets of their specific time period, yet one should not dismiss one or the other because each of their perspectives are equally valuable when deciding what it takes to be the ideal poet. The Romantic Period was a time of…show more content…
It is important to recognize that Eliot was born a century after Wordsworth, so times had changed and a different type of poet was needed. Not everyone enjoyed reading about feelings or people that possessed abilities that they did not or had more lively sensibilities than they. Eliot did not even consider sentimentalism essential in the creation of good poetry. On the contrary, he believed that poetry is meant to free one of the emotional and personal and he says that, “the business of the poet is not to find new emotions, but to use the ordinary ones and, in working them up into poetry, to express feelings which not in actual emotions at all” (Eliot 2330). The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock is a good example of a poem that says a lot it is just an expression of common thoughts and events written in a clever way even though it is not bursting with emotion. In addition, Eliot believed that a good work of literature or poetry should connect with the writers and works of the past. As he wrote, “no poet, no artist of any art, has his complete meaning alone. His significance, his appreciation is the appreciation of his relation to the dead poets and artists” (Eliot 2330). It was not all about being
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