Victorian poetry was perceived as being very excessive, in terms of both its language and its subjects, and so the stark Modernist reaction to that poetry, in the early twentieth century, was spare and straightforward by comparison. Just as the Romantics rejected the Enlightenment focus on reason, logic, and scientific method, Modernists rejected the Romantic privileging of the sublimity of nature, the importance of the individual and one's emotions, and the connection between the two. By the time T.S. Eliot wrote "The Wasteland," publishing it just after World War I, it struck a new tone. It shows the lack of connection between individuals, the stark alienation that each person feels from his or her fellows, the sordid nature of the city and the industrialized world, and the absence of possibility for connection. T.S. Eliot is a modern poet because his work tends to demonstrate the era's sense of detachment, fragmentation, and disillusionment.