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Transcript of 5.05 Assessment
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You have learned about multiple historical, cultural and literary influences in early 20th century America. You have also read several poems which are representative of early 20th century American literature.
Choose two poems and create a presentation explaining the ways in which the literary works were influenced by the events of this time period.
Now you will take this information to create a presentation showcasing both of your chosen poems. You should have at least one image for each poem along with text explaining the ways in which the literary works were influenced by the events of the 20th century.
by: Carl Sandburg
There are no handles upon a language
Whereby men take hold of it
And mark it with signs for its remembrance.
It is a river, this language,
Once in a thousand years
Breaking a new course
Changing it's way to the ocean.
It is mountain effluvia
Moving to valleys
And from nation to nation
Crossing borders and mixing.
Languages die like rivers.
Words wrapped round your tongue today
And broken to shape of thought
Between your teeth and lips speaking
Now and today
Shall be faded hieroglyphics
Then thousand years from now.
Sing - and singing - remember
Your song dies and changes
And is not here to-morrow
Any more than the wind
Blowing ten thousand years ago.
The River Merchant's Wife: A letter
by Ezra Pound
While my hair was still cut straight across my forehead,
I played about the front gate, pulling flowers.
You came by on bamboo stilts, playing horse,
You walked about my seat, playing with blue plums.
And we went on living in the village of Chokan:
Two small people, without dislike or suspicion.
At fourteen I married My Lord you.
I never laughed, being bashful.
Lowering my head, I looked at the wall.
Called to, a thousand times, I never looked back.
At fifteen I stopped scowling,
I desired my dust to be mingled with yours
Forever, and forever and forever.
Why should I climb the look out?
At sixteen you departed,
You went into far Ku-to-yen, by the river of swirling eddies,
And you have been gone five months.
The monkeys make sorrowful noise overhead.
You dragged your feet when you went out.
By the gate now, the moss is grown, the different mosses,
Too deep to clear them away!
The leaves fall early this autumn, in wind.
The paired butterflies are already yellow with August
Over the grass in the West garden;
They hurt me, I grow older.
If you are coming down through the narrows of the river Kaing,
Please let me know beforehand,
And I will come out to meet you
As far as Cho-fu-Sa.
In the early 20th century women were married to women at a very young age and were treated more like property than they were like human beings. In the poem, the husband has to leave his wife in order to travel and work. During this period, several advancements were made in transportation and in other forms of technology. Because of this, the wife wanted her husband to come home and felt that he was missing out on the new advancements. This was also the era in which WWI occurred, and women were gaining more rights such as suffrage.
In his poem Languages, Carl Sandburg expresses just how much the world's nations are changing and combining, especially in America. In America in the early 20th century, many immigrants came in and all of the different cultures were mixed together, including languages. Sandburg states that years from now, the words that we use today will be forgotten, because of how often the languages and the slang people use changes. During this time period, education at a young age was becoming more and more important and necessary. Kids were often put into school, and around this time different races were starting to be put into the same school systems around the nation. America is considered a melting pot, and this was the era that begun the mixing of the cultures in America. Population skyrocketed in America during this period, and these people came from all different cultures around the world. Everyone had their own languages, but soon that would all change.