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In my opinion the poet which best exemplifies modernism is Walt Whitman Walt Whitmans stylistic preference is not exactly mine but it is definitely a good example of modern poetry He has broken down many walls of traditional poetry using the style of long free verse prose In which he praises everything It is impossible to talk about modern poetry without making any references to traditional poetry It is not enough to say that Walt Whitman is a pioneer in modern poetry We must explain what walls he and other poets have broken When I speak of traditional poetry one name always comes to mind that name is William Shakespeare When I study Shakespeares work especially his sonnets I see exactly what traditional poetry is It is exact and precise in its rhyme scheme meter and length All of Shakespeares sonnets are fourteen lines long with an ABAB CDCD EFEF GG rhyme scheme The syllables in each verse of the poem are exact and in a pattern Traditional poets thinks of life occurrences are dictated by fate taking the control away from the people Modern day poets try to break down these stylistic restrictions by using different types of rhyme meter and length or sometimes none at all Walt Whitman has definitely cut the red tape in poetry Every restriction I have mentioned he has changed and disregarded For instance Whitman does not believe in pre-destination or fate In essence he believes that the world is what you make of it He also finds good in everything To him death is as good as life Taking a shower is equally as good as smelling horribly He saw nothing wrong with anything yet he celebrated everything around him I myself am a fan of Shakespeare and Whitmans train of thought is bogus to me But these are the examples of how he has broken away from the styles of the old To express his ideas he
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