We could do with less “artificial intelligence” and more poetry

For the better part of the last century, one of the great literary debates involved two American-born poets, Robert Frost and T.S. Eliot, whose followers vied for primacy.

Douglas Rooks

Both were hailed as innovators who broke with existing practices – Frost with his feature novels in “North Boston”, Eliot for his eclectic “The Waste Land”.

Over long careers—both died in the 1960s—Frost came to be seen as “America’s Poet,” while Eliot was the vanguard of literary modernism. And, as often happens, both assertions are oversimplified.

Frost went to England to secure his reputation, and then returned triumphantly to New England, where he spent the rest of his life. Eliot made a similar journey from his native St. Louis to Harvard to London, and then stayed in England for the rest of his life.

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