International Journal of English Research

International Journal of English Research


International Journal of English Research
International Journal of English Research
Vol. 5, Issue 2 (2019)

Poetry and poetic process: A comparative study of words worth’s and T.S. Eliot’s critical approaches


Shadab Fatima, Tarique, Rashid Chandio

The present research is aimed to critically and comparatively analyze the two ground breaking concepts regarding poetry and poetic process by the two literary giants of their respective eras, William Words Worth and T.S. Eliot. The research brings forth that both of them were rebel against the trends and traditions of their preceding ages. Wordsworth endeavored to liberate poetry and poet from the classical and neoclassical slavery while T.S. Eliot strived to bring classicism and objectivity in poetry. In Wordsworth’s views poetry is the expression of poet’s personal feelings and emotions. While Eliot rejects subjectivism and wants poetry to be impersonal and universal. To him, Poet’s personal emotions must be depersonalized and made general. Wordsworth wanted to democratize poetry by using simple themes pertaining to rural life and rural people. His theory of poetic diction and favor for simple, rustic language and simple themes is countered by Eliot who wanted to depict the complexities of his age via poetry. Wordsworth was a non-conformist, he rejects the rules and regulations laid down by ancient masters while Eliot shows classicism when he emphasizes the importance of past and poet’s submission to an outside authority that is tradition.
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