The modernist writers of the twentieth century produced works of poetry and prose which were unique to the form. The writing style of modernism was unprecedented and reflective of the socio-political events of the period. T.S Eliot was a pre-eminent figure in modernism publishing many important works of prose and poetry in his lifetime. “Eliot forged a style of aggressively fragmentary, urban poetry, full of indelicate, ‘unpoetic’ images and diction” (OXFORD BRITLIT) Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” is a poem that fully represents the ideas the modernists were attempting to convey. “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” stands as a poem especially reflective of the modernist form because it contains elements used within modernism: elements of intertextuality are present, it reacts thematically to the writing of the Victorian period and uses form and language associated with modernism.
They created a modernist literature that was connected to American... ... middle of paper ... ...isillusioned. William Faulkner (1897-1962) is the one who experimented the most of the three novelists. Most of his novels use different characters to tell parts of the story and demonstrate how meaning resides in the manner of telling, as much as in the subject at hand. The use of various viewpoints is a what makes Faulkner more "reflexive," than Hemingway or Fitzgerald; each novel reflects upon itself, while it simultaneously acts as a story of universal interest. The best of Faulkner's novels are The Sound and the Fury (1929) and As I Lay Dying (1930), two modernist works experimenting with viewpoint and voice to probe southern families under the stress of losing a family member; Light in August (1932), which deals with violent relations between a white woman and a black man; and Absalom, Absalom!
London: Meuthen & Co. Ltd., 1969. Eliot, Thomas Stearns. "Tradition and the Individual Talent," from The Sacred Wood: Essays on Poetry and Criticism. London: Meuthen & Co. Ltd., 1920. The Four Quartets.
He was very influential in the Modernism era. William Butler Yeats was one of the most famous poets from the nineteenth century. Even though William Butler Yeats wrote both Victorian and Modernistic literature, he still had a large impact on the modernistic style. “After 1910, Yeats's dramatic art took a sharp turn toward a highly poetical, static, and esoteric style” (nobelprize.org). Even though Yeats was considered a patriot, “he deplored the hatred and bigotry of the Nationalist movement” This concern was new in the Modernism era.
He deliberately wrote in the style of the Hebrew prophets and envisioned his works as expressions of proph... ... middle of paper ... ... wrote the sequel The Songs of Experience. He wrote The Songs of Experience to demonstrate that, reality brings on experience. I hope that after reading this paper and browsing through the hyperlinks included, you know understand how William Blake’s poems and artwork tie into one another and why he is one of the greatest Romantic poets that has ever lived. BIBLIOGRAPHY Timeline of Blake's Life, Art and Literary Work http://camel2.conncoll.edu/ccacad/english/Blake/timeline.html The Blake WEB By: David W. Downie http://18.104.22.168/ The Poets Corner http://www.geocities.com/~spanoudi/poems/blake01.html The William Blake Page http://members.aa.net/~urizen/blake_text.html The William Blake Web Museum http://sunsite.sut.ac.jp/wm/paint/auth/blake/ The Time Line of William Blake http://camel2.conncoll.edu/ccacad/english/blake/timeline.html
He conveys how the ontological journey to self-knowledge is hindered by self-doubt and our struggle to connect and communicate meaningfully with others. This state of paralysis and inaction is echoed in another of Eliot’s poems ‘The Hollow Men,’ in which Eliot suggests modern life can be tepid, indecisive, automated and devoid of purposeful existence, trapping humanity in mindless
31” is discussed, followed by a criticism included in Will and Ariel Durant’s “Interpretations of Life: A Survey of Contemporary Literature”. Exordium! Modern era poetry was widely influenced by Eliot’s style. His background is one of intellectual prowess, and his poetry helped shape the time period. “The Love song of J. Alfred Prufrock” has been analyzed countless times, and ... Eliot’s use of allusions, as well as his somewhat satirical tone, leads to many interpretations of “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”;
The frailty of humanity is further extended through the portrayal of “an infinitely gentle” thing which “infinitely” suffers. The repetition of “infinitely” within this phrase followed by a simile likening the world to “ancient women gathering fuel in vacant lots” quickly eradicates hope for the salvation of society. Personally, it also conjures a troubling image of an everlasting cycle, suggesting that this societal decay still lingers within modern-day civilization. Hence, despite shifts in time and person, the 4 parts of the poem create a framework of images to connote the same banality and disrepair of society. I believe it is the flow of this idea of stagnation throughout the poem, juxtaposed with the poem’s fragmented structure,
We often take life for granted. In the process of fulfilling our desires, we gradually destroy the essence of nature and our morals. In Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s “A Musical Instrument”, the parallel between nature and humanity reflects the blindness and greed of humanity through the natural process of destruction and creation. Conveyed significantly with literary elements such as imagery, tone, alliteration and repetition, Browning brings to attention the reality of humanity’s actions and drives mankind to grasp the idea that we are inherently born sinful. The natural yet chaotic process of destruction is vividly depicted with contrasting images of destruction and purity throughout the poem, beginning with Pan entering the river in a disorderly
Eliot is full of symbolism. This poem is different from the narrative poem of realism and the lyric poem of romanticism, but it is typical of symbolic poetry. The poem overall involves in some ancient mythology and shows the modern wasteland and people. The "Waste Land" is the symbol of the modern Europe, but also the symbol of modern people. Water is the oasis of life, but also the symbol of disaster.