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Transcript of Modernist Poetry
“The Modernist Period in English Literature occupied the years from shortly after the beginning of the twentieth century through roughly 1965.”
By: Monique Williams
Writers who embraced this style of writing did it purposely.
They enjoyed the fact that they were able to write without hesitation.
Cultural shocks inspired Modernism to come about. An example was the Great War.
In simpler terms, the modernistic period was made distinct by abrupt and unanticipated breaks with the older ways of seeing the world.
William Carlos Williams
American poet from Rutherford, New Jersey, born in 1883.
He wrote about common objects describing them is a new way.
By doing this, he expanded our views on what the subject of a poem could be.
Major works include:
Kora in Hell
Born in Idaho in the year of 1885.
He was credited for "defining and promoting a modernist aesthetic in poetry."
Also very involved in another movement called Imagism.
He was born in Missouri on September 26, 1888.
Ezra Pound was the person who discovered his poetic talent.
Eliot was viewed as the most prominent poet of the modern age.
Popular works include: The Wasteland and Ash Wednesday.
Edward was born in Massachusetts on October 14, 1894.
Cummings drastically experimented with "form, punctuation, spelling and syntax."
He created his own way of expressing himself through poetry by deserting the customary methods.
Famous works include:
All of the modern poets expressed themselves in their work in a non contemporary way.
They didn't confine themselves to the usual structures of the traditional writing in the past.
War was the factor that had the greatest influence on this era and these views.
Modernist poetry focused on the decline and increasing isolation of the individual.
The devices of modern society are seen as objective, capitalistic, and opposed to the creative instinct.
"In Modernist literature, it was the poets who took fullest advantage of the new spirit of the times, and stretched the possibilities of their craft to lengths not previously imagined."
"Paterson lies in the valley under the Passaic Falls
its spent waters forming the outline of his back. He
lies on his right side, head near the thunder
of the waters filling his dreams! Eternally asleep,
his dreams walk about the city where he persists
incognito. Butterflies settle on his stone ear."
By: William Carlos Williams
"Who used to ride a water smooth-silver stallion and break onetwothreefourfive pigeonsjustlikethat Jesus
he was a handsome man."