T.S. Eliot is regarded as such an important writer because he captured the feelings and attitudes of the early twentieth century in such a unique and, yet, authentic way. His poem, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," for example, demonstrates the prevailing sense of alienation many people felt during this era: it tells the story of a man who longs to reach out to a woman he loves, but he is too afraid of rejection and the subsequent alienation, and so he never asks her how she feels. This fear of rejection is also such a universal feeling that almost anyone can relate to. The poem ends with resignation: the speaker knows that he will grow old alone, forever the fool. "The Waste Land" is another such work: it captures the vague feeling of physical and spiritual ill-being that characterized the era succeeding World War I. Nothing is as it should be—spring is cruel while winter was warm, and nothing feels good or clean or simple. Eliot's ability to capture these feelings, feelings which seem to defy language, make him an important poet.