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    'The Aurora of Autumn and the Plain Sense of Things' by Wallace Stevens and 'Wasteland' by T.S. Eliot Compared and Contrasted

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    In ten pages these poetic works are contrasted and compared in terms of selection of subject, philosophies, and worldview. Two sources are cited in the bibliography.

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    on one level and at the same time facing the reality that there is more to the poem than the first initial shallow interpretation. This underlying and deeper message, however,  most lovers of poetry would state, is worth the effort required. And, of course, much of the joy comes from the journey itself and not necessarily the destination. T.S. Eliot  and Wallace Stevens made pointed statements about the world they found themselves in. Eliots poem, The Waste Land, speaks to the ailments of society, as does Stevens poems, The Auroras  of Autumn, and The Plain Sense of Things, but they also diverge in their outlook toward humanitys future. The Waste Land, by T.S. Eliot, draws on a varied range of  cultural symbols to show how modern society was in tatters, yet despite this has a dignity which transcends appearance. This creative imagination tended to use a more natural form than  that which had been imposed upon most poets for decades. There was a free development of ideas, subjects, topics and locales. It can also be rightly stated that in regards  to music, the romantic sound of the modern orchestra has so pervaded the mind and hearts of the public that they dont even know that the form they are listening  to is none other than that of the Romantic period. The person who considered himself a romantic, too, would question some of lifes larger questions. T.S. Eliots work, Wasteland, begins  this question and through four other consecutive Wasteland poems explores this idea. "APRIL is the cruellest month, breeding  Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring 

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