THE FUNCTION OF THE PAST IN ALLEN TATE’S ''ODE TO CONFEDERATE DEAD’’
Journal of Al-qadisiya in arts and educational sciense,
2011, Volume 11, Issue 2, Pages 3-22
AbstractAllen Tate (1899-1979) was one of a group of poets known as the Fugitives or Agrarians who participated in the establishment of an independent American literature . One of the major characteristic features that coloured Tate’s works is his reverence of the past of his region , the American South, as connected with the past of the European literary tradition that was prevailing in Europe before industrialism and science had dominated all fields of the modern life . In this respect he draws heavily on T. S. Eliot’s (1888-1965) notion of the continuity of the literary tradition and the connection of the past with the present .
The aim of this research is to trace how the past appears in Tate’s "Ode to Confederate Dead’’ and the role it plays in this poem .
The conclusion sums up the foundings of this study.
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