Miss Modernism : Gertrude Stein : Miss Modernist

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Gertrude Stein: Miss Modernist In 1914, Gertrude Stein put together a collection of her poems in to the book Tender Buttons. Stein pours her experimental nature into this book combining everyday objects with adjectives that are not normally associated with them. This forces the reader to explore a different perspective on familiar objects and to read differently then they have become accustomed to reading. Stein’s goal is to break up the monotony of every day life by bringing back common objects that have been so familiarized to the common person. By doing this she also breaks up the monotony of every day reading by forcing the reader to slow down and think. Even within the title Tender Buttons Stein does this as buttons are often pulled and tugged on and not thought of as tender objects. Stein’s book points to the issue of preconceptions when looking at objects as a means to pointing to the issue of preconceptions in general day to day life. Stein also loves to express her experimental nature in the syntax of her poems. She uses rhythm and rhyme to make her writing quirky and unusual. She uses this powerfully enough that sometimes it results in a lack of logic within her writing. Most readers find themselves having to slow down or read aloud in order to correctly read her writing, which most believe to be intentional. Stein’s intention was not to be new and different, on the contrary her goal was to review the old and bring new light to what was thought to be known. She pushed readers to decontextualize, to look in to the small bits of life that commonly get overshadowed by the more complex and intricate items. Gertrude Stein did much with her life after she was born in 1874. Becoming a prominent figure in the art world in the... ... middle of paper ... ...r then comes the moment when cheerfulness is so assured that there is an occasion." Stein, Rooms, page 51. In addition it continues to challenge the reader to look at different things from a new perspective, arguing that things are not always as they seem. Stein’s characteristically modernist writing pushes readers to slow down and pay attention to each word of her prose. She then uses that prose to create a bigger idea regarding the importance of slowing down and paying attention to the smaller things. She wants her readers to challenge what they thought were known and redefine their preconceptions. She speaks on important issues such as identity, feminism, and homosexuality in a softer more casual tone that adds to the power of her message. Stein’s modernist message gets her readers thinking and challenges them to comprehend writing in a new and unique way.

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