Rupert Brooke’s Connection to the Modern Era

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The Modern Time Period started at the beginning of the 20th Century. Writing soon transitioned from Romantic and Victorian and adapted a new style known as modernism. Modernist did not care to write about nature or history, unlike the Romantic writers, but instead, modernists dealt more with exploration and independence of one's self. Literature, during the Modern Era, developed a sense of alienation and it dealt with the acknowledgement of the individual and one’s consciousness. Modern writing showed the deterioration and alienation of the individual rather than prosperity and development. The Modern Time Period was an intuitive response to the Victorian Era. Modernism was started by cultural shocks; the greatest of these shocks was World War One ("Modernism." - Literature Periods & Movements. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014.). During this time, Britain was engulfed in the war; although the war was not fought on Britain’s home soil, men enlisted into the Royal Military leaving behind women and children and the elderly. The remaining citizens were known as the Home Front. The war affected the Home Front by decreasing the standards of living, promoting women’s rights, and strengthening the trade unions and labor forces (BBC News. BBC, n.d. Web. 04 Feb. 2014.). Although the Home Front was made up civilians whom were not active in the military, Rupert Brooke decided to join the Royal Navy when Britain entered into the war. Rupert Chawner Brooke was born on August 3, 1887 in Britain. Brooke was an excellent athlete and student. He attended Cambridge University and studied English Literature and Classic Literature. After finishing his studies at Cambridge, Brooke travelled to Germany to continue his education. Rupert became friends with o...

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