"For this that all that blood was shed / For this Edward Fitzgerald died / And Robert Emmet and Wolfe Tone / All that delirium of the brave?" These lines show how Yeats was ... ... middle of paper ... ...and fruitless. In 'Easter 1916' Yeats' treatment varies slightly. He is thrown into a state of turmoil as he tries to find a balance between the achievement of the Easter martyrs and the pacifist views he had previously upheld. He then accepts that death is sometimes advantageous but combats this with the argument that very little is worth sacrificing human life for.
T.S. Eliot's The Wasteland Traditionally, authors begin their compositions at the beginning and then proceed to an end, creating a logical flow of information towards a conclusion. T.S. Eliot threw most traditional form out the window as he composed The Waste Land. The voice changes, the structure varies, his allusions are elusive, and the first section of the poem is entitled “The Burial of The Dead.” This of course does not speak to a beginning, but to the conclusion of what could be one or many lives.
Hunter S. Thompson. William McKeen. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1991. 101-104. Twayne's United States Authors Series 574.
A writer troubled by what was happening to his country during this time was John Dos Passos. His European experiences as a child and later as a World War I Allied-ambulance driver had deepened his appreciation for America’s foundational values and sensitized him to societal currents he feared were disintegrating America’s core identity (“U.S.A.” 292). After his return from war, Dos Passos turned to writing as a way to address the perils of greed, materialism, and complacency he saw threatening America. U.S.A., his trilogy that chronicled America during the early 1900s, subtly revealed America’s unmooring from its founding principles. His twelve-hundred-page tome captured “the historic and spiritual life of an entire country” from years 1900 to 1929 (Doctorow vii).
Called the most influential poet of the twentieth century, Thomas Stearns Eliot authored The Waste Land published in 1922, causing a sensation. This particular publication of his was one of the first poems to coin 'Modernism' as a true genre in literature, making any straightforward non-fragmented creative expression not modern. The modernist movement was ultimately outlined by the onset and devastation of World War I, lasting from 1914 to 1918. Aside from the war, the world was already naturally advancing and modernizing itself. During the years that fenced World War I, the modernist movement brought innovative changes to the social and artistic aspects of society.
Two examples of the impact that World War I had on poetry is seen in the poems “Dulce et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen and “Repression of War Experience” by Siegfried Sassoon. The time period after the war lead to a new world of literature. Preceding World War I, people viewed war as courageous and patriotic. The realities of World War I led the formally traditional