Department Chair

Craig G. Werner

Date of Award


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Open Access

Degree Name

English, M.A.


English Department


David Landrey

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First Reader

David Landrey

Second Reader

David Karnath

Third Reader

Craig G. Werner


Although T. S. Eliot and Allen Ginsberg lived their lives differently and experienced society in different ways, some threads of similarity run throughout their work. This paper is a three-part study of the relations between Eliot and Ginsberg. It begins with an examination of how each poet views the literary tradition and the role of the poet within it, then explores the similarities in form and content between "The Waste Land" and "Howl," and ends with a discussion of how each man would attempt to reverse the cycle of modern deterioration. The main argument of the paper is that Allen Ginsberg intended to create a new version of "the Waste Land" which would take into account the state of society in the 1950s.