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Literary Modernism

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Transcript of Literary Modernism

Modernism is basically a philosophical style or movement that aimed to challenge or modify traditional beliefs with modern ideas. The term covers a series of reforming movements in art, architecture, music, literature and the applied arts which emerged during this period.
So What Is Modernism?
Figurative Language
T.S Elliot
American-English poet, playwright, literary critic, and editor, a leader of the modernist movement in poetry in such works as The Waste Land (1922) and Four Quartets (1943). Eliot exercised a strong influence on Anglo-American culture from the 1920s until late in the century.
Ezra Pound
Ezra Pound is generally considered the poet most responsible for defining and promoting a modernist aesthetic in poetry. Modernist experimented with literary form and expression, adhering to Erza Pound's maxim to "Make it new".
T. E. Hulme
Oscar Wilde
Robert Browning'
Emily Dickinson
Major Poets
Literary Modernism
Literary Modernism
Literary Modernism originated in the late 19th and 20th century
(1890-1950), mostly in Europe and North America. In broad terms, the period was marked by sudden and unexpected breaks with traditional ways of viewing and interacting with the world. Experimentation and individualism became virtues, where in the past they were often heartily discouraged. Modernism was set in motion, in one sense, through a series of cultural shocks. For example WWI.
Modernist experimented with literary form and expression, adhering to Erza Pound's maxim to "Make it new".
New technology and the horrifying events of both World Wars (but specifically World War I) made many people question the future of humanity: What was becoming of the world? Writers reacted to this question by turning toward Modernist sentiments. Gone was the Romantic period that focused on nature and being. Modernist fiction spoke of the inner self and consciousness. Instead of progress, the Modernist writer saw a decline of civilization. Instead of new technology, the Modernist writer saw cold machinery and increased capitalism, which alienated the individual and led to loneliness. World War I ushered in the age of "modernism" because of the brutality of the war and the changed perspective on what war actually is
Some other causes of modernism include urbanization, industrialization, immigration and evolution in technology. Modernism is a process that occurs at different times in different societies.
During the Modernist movement Poets began writing poems that didn't solely focus on Rhyme. But started expressing poems in a way that made it come to life using figurative language.
Metaphor &Extended Metaphor
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