Sample Essay


This paper will be examining in depth the poetry writing styles of Walt Whitman, Ezra pound and T. S. Eliot. Before starting the actual comparison, a brief introduction to the above named unique writers is given.

Walt Whitman (1819 – 1892), an American poet, undeniably the most influential and famous poet of his time has written great pieces of work like ‘Leaves of Grass’, ‘Drum Taps’ and ‘Memoranda During the War’.

T.S. Eliot (1888 – 1965), an American turned British poet and dramatist, has written epic pieces of poetry like the wasteland, the hallow men, Ash Wednesday and four quartets to name a few. He has also won a Nobel price for his contribution towards literature in 1948.

Ezra Pound (1885 – 1972), an American Poet, under his belt has poems like To Whistler American, A Pact, A Quinzaine for This Yule, From The Cantos XLV and the lake isle to name a few. Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot were both great supporters of modernism movement and have written pieces according to modernist themes.

The Wasteland, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, Tradition and the Individual Talent by T.S. Eliot along with A Pact by Ezra Pound will be compared to The Song of Myself by Walt Whitman in order to examine and study the similarities and differences between the modernists and older poets. Furthermore, it will be assessed whether Whitman’s writing had any affect on the poets following him, be it negative or positive and how it impacted their writing styles.

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