The Waste Land Essay

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T.S Eliot’s The Waste Land and William Carlos Williams’s “Spring and All” Upon reading Thomas Stearns ‘T.S’ Eliot’s The Waste Land and William Carlos Williams’s “Spring and All’, a reader may notice many comparisons that could be drawn between the two pieces of literature. Both poets describe an isolated landscape on the verge of spring’s arrival; however their distinctions in artistic philosophies allow each writer to draw very different approaches to this landscape. In comparison to each other, Eliot uses this landscape and creates a bleak negative view of the arrival of spring, whereas Williams creates an uplifting optimistic view, thus showing their different outlooks on the season of spring. Along with the many differences between the two poems, one could say that Williams’s ‘Spring and All’ could also be seen as a response to Eliot’s The Waste Land as the two poets had unstable relationship with each other. Throughout Williams’s writing career, aside from being a physician, he had many influences and role models that helped shape him into the distinguished writer he is known to be. After Williams’s encounter with Ezra Pound at the University of Pennsylvania in 1902, Pound became a great influence in his writing and in 1913 Pound arranged for the London publication of Williams’s second collection, The Tempers (Anthony Moody, 53-4). As time went on Williams began to feel betrayed by Pound as he began to lose roots in the Imagist Movement and began to follow the European culture and traditions along side with T.S. Eliot (Poetry Foundation). The 1922 publication of Eliot’s The Waste Land was the final betrayal seen by Williams, as Pound was a significant hand in editing and reshaping the poem from a longer Eliot manuscript (Lyndall Gordon, 27). This release inspired Williams to come out with his own collection of poems entitled Spring

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