Modernisms Influence on Postmodern PoetsAll poetry is connected in some way, shape, or fashion. Through the years, decadesand eras, the structure and form of poems has changed as has the context. By context, it ismeant as the meaning and the portrayal of the meaning of the poem. In early, more structuredtimes, there were meanings on the surface and meanings underlying that were found in theimages, symbols, rhythms, rhymes and actual structure of the poem. In the early 20
century,this began to change. The poets began changing their views of their work and sometimebetween 1940 and 1960 the postmodern poets shared their work through what has beencategorized as not only postmodern, but also Black Mountain School, the Beat Generation, andthe New York School. The main fact is that all these poets wrote in similar ways, with disregardto the structure of the formalized poetry of the past. These poets were outspoken and thewritten word was exactly what they wanted the poem to portray. The symbolism is scarce, butnot gone. The in your face attitude makes it easier for all readers to understand the meaningsof the poem composed by these postmodern poets.However, these poets needed to get their initial training and inspiration from somewhere. When the poems are analyzed, it becomes apparent that many of these poets took thelead from the modernist poets, such as Pound, Eliot, and Williams. In fact, several of thepostmodern poets were often compared to their modernist counterparts. So, how do thepostmodernist poets compare to the modernist poets, and how do they differ? Each poet holdstheir own place and the similarities and differences are not just between the past poets and thepostmodern poets, but between these postmodern poets themselves. For while they all write inapproximately the same time frame, they are not as similar and many people would assume.Each faction of postmodernism is a little different and it is these differences that create thepoems that are crude, disconnected, and up front with the issues of the world at the time of thewriting.