Alfred Noyes (1880-1958) wrote The Highwayman at the age of 26; it was a huge success; people memorized it, it has been reprinted countless times. T.S. Eliot (1888-1865) wrote The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock at the age of 23; it was a huge success; people memorized it, it has been reprinted countless times. And yet these two poems could not be further apart. One used metaphor and simile, great rhyme, rolling rhythm, plot development, and an ending which leaves the reader, man or woman, often in tears. The other is incredibly more abstract, has quirky rhyme and scansion, and intellectualizes to the point of boring many readers to tears. Any yet the latter is considered great poetry, while many people believe the former as being not much more than light verse -- or at least, verse not angst-filled enough for 20th-century (and, I suppose, 21st century) anomie. Why is this? I'd like to propose we take two poems (they don't have to be the two above) that are similar in some respects and different in others -- and discuss them, not only from a poetics point of view, but as how they represent both the poet and the milieu. Anyone interested?