T. S. Eliot's Influence On American Literary History

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Author T.S. Eliot’s Influence on American Literary History

Author T.S. Eliot, was an American-English poet, playwriter, literary critic, an editor and was a major contributor and leader of the Modernist movement in poetry. From his works like “The Waste Land” and then the what some call sequel “The Hollow Men,” Eliot’s style of writing not only had a huge influence on American literary history but also influenced many other writers such as Derek Walcott and Kamau Brathwaite. After reading some of Eliot’s writings and then looking back and seeing what was going on during the time he wrote those pieces one could say T.S. Eliot was a significant influence on American literary history and history itself.
T.S. Eliot is considered one of the most
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By far the two most important pieces that Eliot wrote that represent modernism elements are “The Waste Land” and “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” is considered as one of the more basic modernist poems. The poem is considerable strong and shows more of the modern elements of disintegration of life and mental stability. The entire poem speaks of the problem of the more modern man represented by Prufrock. Throughout the poem it is clear that Prufrock feels that he has had a lot of shortcomings and not a whole lot of opportunities in his life along with a negative spiritual outlook. Modernist writers were the majority of the time focused on defeating norms in writings such as adding character’s that have multiple personalities. This is something that writers before Eliot didn’t have a lot of focus on. In “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” it is clear that Prufrock functions as both a speaker and listener in the poem. Eliot would also add allusions to other texts in his writings as well. Eliot would use the allusions in a way to prove a point or to paint a comparison picture for the reader in order to help the reader understand …show more content…
Eliot was not only a heavy contributor to Modernism, but one could also argue that a lot of Eliot’s work could be related to some traditional medieval techniques as well. Some even argued that Eliot could be considered a medieval modernist due to all of his admiration to the Middle Ages. The best example of this sort of writing would be T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land.” “The Waste Land” is considered a modernist text but the way that Eliot shows his particular discomfort for modern life by contrasting it with medieval traits is a direct example of one of Eliot’s medieval modernist pieces. Eliot did an exceptional job at linking some of his modernism writings with medieval tradition. In some of Eliot’s pieces Eliot seems to combine concern with medieval themes and a trend towards modern themes. This was certainly a big deal during this time in history. With the majority of artists either altering writing techniques to adjust to the more modern approach or some continuing with the more traditional approach Eliot was finding ways to combine the two which no other author was doing at the time. Combining that with real life events and Eliot’s own personal life and opinions also set Eliot apart from the other authors of his

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