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Discuss how T.S. Eliot's "Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" displays evidence of traditional poetic conventions and themes, yet is obviously an example of modern poetry.

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    can you tell me what modern poetry is

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    I don't know if there is one defintion of modern poetry or traditional poetry.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Lecture_on_Modern_Poetry
    and
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poetry

    You might think that traditional poetry has standardized numbers of lines and syllables, identifiable types of rhythms, rhyme, etc., but you'll always find exceptions.

    You might think that modern poets have freed themselves from constraints of the elements I listed above, but (again) you'll always find exceptions.

    Be sure to read Western Traditions and Modern Disputes -- sections in the article from the second link above.

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