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The Modern Poem: Words and Losing a Language

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The modern poem, “Of Modern Poetry”, and the two postmodern poems, “Words” and “Losing a Language” all embody the central theme of the usage and style of a particular type of language. They all show how poetry can successfully personify the feelings that one feels and how poetry should be written. What sets apart the poetic style of both modernism and postmodernism is that both attempted to diverge from the traditional proses of 19th century, specifically, from realism. Both also tend to form around the philosophy of subjectivity as both explore the inner emotions of characters and thus use it to develop ideas and conceptions in the reader’s mind. A sense of order and generalized opinions are left behind in both modern and postmodern works. Both modernism and postmodernism deviate from the classical guidelines for writing good poetry and take an approach that advocates for a more personalized style in which writers write about their lives and stray away from imitating the standards or rules of classical good or worthy writing. Personal styled language is emphasized among many modern and postmodern works and thus allow the reader to reflect upon his or her own identity and beliefs. Even though the shift from modernism to postmodernism brought changes in the works of many authors, there were still common shared features left in both philosophical movements such as the use of a particular type of language and it’s impact on the readers perspective and the author’s ideology. This system of writing embodied in both modern and postmodern writing illustrates language as a fundamental element that embodies one’s individuality, uniqueness, and the underlying apparatus that allows for the expression of one’s values, belief...

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