Essay On Modern Poetry

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Modern poetry is in open form and free verse. It is pessimistic in tone, portraying loss in faith and psychological struggle which is quite different from the fixed forms and meters of traditional poetry. Secondly, modern poetry is fragmented in nature, containing juxtaposition, inter-textuality and allusion. It has no proper beginning, middle or end. Thirdly, modern poetry is predominantly intellectual in its appeal, rather than emotive. Fourthly, modern poetry involved symbolism, greatest example being T.S. Eliot and W.B. Yeats. Lastly, modern poetry is impersonal, anti-romantic, and innovative in attitude and approaches to life. It opposed to romantic poetry of spontaneity and imagination. William Butler Yeats was born on June13, 1865,…show more content…
In addition to his poetry, Yeats devoted significant creative energy in writing plays. According to the official Nobel Prize website, Yeats was selected for his always inspiring poetry, which in a highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation. The publications of ‘Last Poems’ and ‘Two Plays’, after his death, cemented his legacy as a leading poet and playwright. He died in 1939 and is remembered as one of the most significant modern poets of all times.
Yeats was an impressionist, he used symbols. He also wrote preface to Geetanjali. He was also the spokesperson to the ‘Irish Revolution’ and started the National Irish Literary Movement. He started the Irish dramatics society in 1902 and founded Abbey Theatre in 1904. On one hand he is political in nature and on other hand he was the lost Romantic.
In his works he makes use of Celtic and Irish Landscape, names and music. He was the bridge between Romanticism and Modernism and used to put his own self in poetry. He writes on the themes of love, sex, confusion, religious life, politics, morality, aging, morbidity. It was after meeting Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot, Yeats turned to
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