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Comparative Analysis Paper: Robert Frost vs. T.S. Eliot

Frost and Eliot were both undoubtedly poets of much influence during their time. Both poets enjoyed popularity as well as fame for the development of a style and voice of theirs (their own). Frost is also commonly referred to as “the poet of New England” unlike Eliot, who is an expatriate and was for long not looked at as a poet of American origin. For instance, American Scholarship didn’t include T.S. Eliot before 1973. Instead, he has been most a time considered as a poet of transnational nature whose poetic style utilizes and mirrors the world’s diversity. In criticisms by both poets, they had much interest in ideas of identity, cultural loyalty and belonging. In this sense, Eliot the cosmopolitan wasn’t for an open culture and cultural boundary permeability unlike Frost (a Regionalist), who had a belief in the nation of America that was mirrored in the attitude of tolerance towards diversity of cultures.

Despite the compelling poetry that both poets wrote, Eliot was an aesthetic poet while Frost was a meditative poet. The two experienced despair and beauty, common during their time. Frost is very much recognized as a poet with a penchant for nature- he often used nature in symbolism in a number of his poems. His verses were found to be meditative and full of reflection (reflective) as compared to Eliot’s.

Eliot is one good example of the conceptual kind of innovator in the field of poetry; a genius, young and literature- inspired. On the other hand, Frost was an innovator of experimental kind- inspired by the surrounding people. Frost, for instance, wrote poems that were most popular when aged 38, 42 & 48- typical of gradual success achievers with no specific poem becoming major. Eliot came up with “Prufrock” before turning 23, achieving early success with a few major works. These two poets present two key traits that differentiate experimental poets from the conceptual type poets.