Theodore Roethke Poetry: American Poets Analysis - Essay

Theodore Roethke Poetry: American Poets Analysis

(Poets and Poetry in America)

Theodore Roethke can be best understood as a poet in the tradition of nineteenth century English and American Romanticism. His early poetry of the 1940’s and 1950’s has some significant similarities to that of the English Romantic poets, especiallyWilliam Wordsworth andJohn Keats, while his later poetry, especially “North American Sequence,” owes a large debt toWalt Whitman. In general, one can see a number of essential Romantic characteristics in his poetry. Although he often objectifies his feelings in concrete images, he also directly expresses emotion. A preference for feeling over analytical reason, spontaneity over logic, and exuberance over calculated thinking can be seen throughout his verse; dancing, singing, and...

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