Difference Between Traditional And Modern Poetry

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Breia Diaz
Professor Chawla
ENGL 345
9 September 2012
Traditional and Modern Poetry Poetry is an art form that has been long used to describe events, subjects, and feeling. Poetry has an almost musical feel to it and the poet is often times able to evoke various feelings and emotion from their reader. To write a poem is to paint a picture with words and rhythm. There are many different types of poetry. For example there is modern poetry and traditional poetry. Though poetry is seemingly all one in the same, there are differences in the poetry as well as in the poet. Modernism is a term that in any type of literature that relates to experimentalism is extremely different from standard traditional or Victorian poetry. Modern poetry intends to divert away from populism and the regular form seen in most traditional poetry. Modernist poetry such as the poetry written by T.S.Eliot and Ezra Pound, aims to be effective in many complex ways than that as compared to the poetry of the Romantics and the Victorian poets such as Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman. Modern poetry seems to play with traditional poetic form, language and versification. It brings into the sphere of influence of poetry the disturbing and troublesome disintegration of life. Modern poetry does so by steering away from the traditional meter and
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It is obvious upon reading and examining work by each respective poet that each poet has something different to deliver in the context of their work. Traditional or Victorian poets such as Whitman will not deliver the exact same intentions as a poet like Eliot. Although they both discuss similar themes, the poems are not one in the same. Whitman is content with life regardless of any pitfalls or shortcomings and he celebrates himself and life. Eliot however exploits a character who is struggling with satisfaction in life and there obviously will not be any celebration in

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