Morning At The Window
(Prufrock and Other Observations)
– By T. S. Eloit
They are rattling breakfast plates in basement kitchens,
And along the trampled edges of the street
I am aware of the damp souls of housemaids
Sprouting despondently at area gates.
The brown waves of fog toss up to me
Twisted faces from the bottom of the street,
And tear from a passer-by with muddy skirts
An aimless smile that hovers in the air
And vanishes along the level of the roofs.
Introducing T. S. Eliot:
The rise of Modernism in literature in the first half of 20th century saw the emergence of two major poets in British literature – W. B. Yeats (1865-1939), an Irish poet and T. S. Eliot (1888-1965), an American who made England his home. The contribution of both the poets to English literature is of immense value, leaving behind them a wealth of literary works in criticism, prose, drama and especially, poetry. However, while Yeats poetry concentrated more on symbolism and myth, it was Eliot who surviving the debris of the two World Wars and a series of personal misfortunes, was effective in rendering modern English poetry a new type of rhetoric, structure and poetic diction that echoed the sentiments of Great Britain that was living in the cross-currents of the disturbing images of the Industrial Age and settled assurance of the Victorian past. Eliot, heavily influenced by the changing literary scene and the cultural trends of his times and the French imagist and symbolist poets produced a poetry that has all the essence of a true ‘Modernist’. (Read more…)