Under The Waterfall By Thomas Hardy And

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?Under The Waterfall? By Thomas Hardy And ?Sweeney Among The Nightingales? By T. S. Eliot Essay, Research Paper Some people say that history finds a way of repeating itself. The same thing happened to poetry in the Twentieth Century era. Poetry returned to a metaphysical style, which concentrates on nature and the belief in the supernatural power of different things. You ask how is history repeating itself this way? It is like this because this is the style that Romantic Poets wrote. The main difference between the two completely separate eras is the poets in the Twentieth Century use more common events and common relationships. This made poetry even easier to understand because more people could relate to it. To me, their poetry is often easier to understand because it

addresses everyday life. I also think that much of this is due to the fact that more people were reading then there ever was before. Now the poets were writing so that everyone could read and understand what they were trying to express and have them relate it to everyday life. This can be easily seen through different works by different authors of that period. Poems such as “Under the Waterfall” By Thomas Hardy and “Sweeney Among the Nightingales” by T. S. Eliot. Both works express their feelings about an ordinary event, adult relationships. Thomas Hardy’s poem “Under the Waterfall” can be interpreted many different ways. One cannot deny the power and influence nature has over the two lovers. The poem talks about two lovers going on a picnic in August to a

waterfall. Hardy discusses the purity and serenity and permanence of the waterfall: “The purl of a runlet that never ceases / In stir of kingdoms, in war, in peaces; /…”(13-14). This shows the power of nature and its lasting presence. He then goes on to describe the picnic, “My lover and I / Walked under a sky / of blue with a leaf-wove awning of green” (27-29). Once again this shows the beauty and romantic power that nature has. He proceeds to describe an event that took place. He and his lover drank out the same glass. When he went to wash the “chalice of ours”(48) and it fell into the pool at the bottom of the falls. They both try and get it back out but they are unable to reach it. This implicates a greater supernatural power is at work. Something much stronger

then their relationship. The lover though to himself that “it I thrust my arm below / Cold water in basin or bowl, a throe”(39-40). This means that it will hurt him. This shows that a stronger than their relationship is at work making it impossible to regain the chalice. Now it is there “By night, by day, when it shines or lours, / there lies intact that chalice of our, …”(47-48). This is symbolic of something greater, the lovers’ everlasting love for each other and how it will always be there. This poem is written through the experiences of normal ordinary people and not about experiences of extraordinary or powerful people which is a trait of Twentieth Century poets. All this expresses the feeling that Romantic poets put into their work, the power of nature and the

supernatural powers that come with it. What makes this particular poem Twentieth Century is the event that occurred could happen to anyone and it is not about a grand adventure. This is also what many poets wrote about during his time. The time that he lived and wrote during was full of wars and dominated by political turmoil. This poem shows the permanence of a casual relationship represented by the lovers’ chalice. At the time that he wrote, not many things were permanent, especially in the political arena in Europe. The poem “Sweeney Among the Nightingales” by T. S. Eliot is a little more difficult to understand but stills addresses political turmoil by expressing the need for permanence, as in the past, and the chaos of politics using the casual relationships one man