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Katherine Mansfield's Modernist Innovations

- The short story has invariably become regarded as a conservative form of literature given its often rigid, and basic plot dimensions focused on narrow plot and character development. However, with different writers come different experimentations within the short story. This is especially true with the modernism movement in mind. One modernist writer in particular, Katherine Mansfield, was indeed conscious of the possibilities that existed within the form of the short story as is evidenced in The Garden Party and Other Stories, Mansfield’s most prolific collection of short stories....   [tags: short story, modernism, women modernist]

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Miss Modernism : Gertrude Stein : Miss Modernist

- 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....   [tags: Gertrude Stein, Modernist literature, Modernism]

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Modernist Literature

- Modernism emerged at the beginning of the twentieth century, following World War I and flowing through the “roaring twenties.” Materialism, crime, depression, and change filled this era. Reflecting the revolutionary time period, modernism itself was a revolution of style. Musicians, artists, and writers broke away from traditional, conventional techniques to create new, rebellious art. Modernism, in other words, was a change in how artists represented the world in their works. Passionate, sporadic jazz music—referred to as “jungle music”—danced through the music scene....   [tags: Modernist Literature Essays]

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The Bauhaus And The Modernist Movement

- The Revolutionary Bauhaus The Bauhaus was seen as the ultimate symbol of innovation and creativity in a world that was filled with chaos and uncertainty. The students and teachers of the school were living in a world where war was an everyday reality. The aim of the school was to create an atmosphere where students and faculty were able to be inventive and creative, as an escape from the stress of their everyday lives. They were creating experimental projects and defying societal norms in every faucet of their lives....   [tags: Art, Modernism, Bauhaus, Arts]

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The Modernist Art Movement Of Alfred Stieglitz

- The Modernist art movement had tremendous historical influences of on the works of Alfred Stieglitz. The change from pictorialism to modernism began early in his career, the relationships he developed with like-minded artists inspired creativity and enabled Stieglitz to open the eyes of ordinary Americans to the incredible wealth of art being created during the early 20th Century. He gave exposure and opportunities to unknown artists and he made his passion for photography as an art form, in its own right, a reality....   [tags: Modernism, Modern art, Art, Cubism]

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James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Flann O'Brien's At Swim-Two-Birds and Modernist Writing

- James Joyce's 'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man' and Flann O'Brien's 'At Swim-Two-Birds' and Modernist Writing The Twentieth Century found literature with a considerably different attitude and frame-of-mind than had the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries. Two hundred years is, of course, a long time to allow change within genres, but after the fairly gradual progression of the novel as a form, its change in the hands of modernism happened rapidly in comparison. Explaining how texts within the framework of modernist writing are “different” require laying out from what they are different, how, and why....   [tags: Joyce Portrait O'Brien Modernist Essays]

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Poetry and the Post-modernists Poets

- The second half of the twentieth century commonly referred to as the post-modernist period in literature encompasses the works of many great artists such as: Rita Dove, Billy Collins, Sonia Sanchez, and Yusef Komunyakaa. These famous and honored artists have contributed in expressing a better form of poetry. In their works, they have treated topics like time, place, race, class, gender, and sexuality. Anyone who read the work of these artists would find a point of interest or an incentive to continue because the subjects are so real and easy to understand....   [tags: post modernist, rita dove, billy collins]

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Aesthetic of Modernist Cinema

- Standing Out in a Crowd: The Aesthetic of Modernist Cinema 2 Among the large objects, such as vast plains or panoramas of any kind, one deserves special attention: the masses. No doubt imperial Rome already teemed with them. But masses of people in the modern sense entered the historical scene only in the wake of the industrial revolution. Then they became a social force of first magnitude. Warring nations resorted to levies on an unheard-of scale and identifiable groups yielded to the anonymous multitude which filled the big cities in the form of amorphous crowds....   [tags: American Modernism]

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Heart of Darkness as a Modernist Novel

- Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness is a great example of a Modernist novel because of its general “darkness” portrayed throughout the entire novel. The language that is used to describe the setting and important scenes is very thick and unclear. The novel is jam packed with words such as: inconceivable, inscrutable, gloom, etc. Rather than defining characters in black and white terms, like good and bad, they entire novel is in different shades of gray. The unfolding of events takes the reader through many events that can be read as unclear and the action in the book and not just the language echoes tones of gray....   [tags: conrad, literary analysis]

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The Aesthetic Innovations in a Modernist Context

- William Faulkner, T.S. Eliot and Robert Frost all had an amazing ability to write and were at the forefront as literary authors of modernism which was not a period, but a faction, an attitude that focused on individualism, randomness of life, etc. Their writings were based on a worldly position that included most poets. They contributed intellectually to literature as well as made aesthetic innovations in a modernist context. Their uniqueness as authors set them apart from the average author of their day....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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The Inward Turn of Modernist Literature

- Modernists did not have faith in the external reality put forth by social institutions, such as the government and religion, and they no longer considered these avenues as trustworthy means to discover the meaning of life. For this reason they turned within themselves to discover the answers. Modernist literature is centered on the psychological experience as opposed to the external realities of the world. The experience is moved inwards in an attempt to make modernist works more representative of reality by making the experience more personal....   [tags: Literature, T. S. Eliot]

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The American And British Modernist Writers

- The days of man in a dinghy stranded in the open sea, contemplating on the “sacred cheese of life” came to an end (Crane 1774). Whereas the Naturalists painted over the Romantic pastoral landscapes with a gray hue of reality to unveil the truth of nature, the Modernists decided to view the external world from within the characters psyche. Both British and American writers, like T.S Eliot, James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, and William Faulkner, descended into the depths of the subconscious mind, into a whirlpool of fragmented thoughts and desires, creating a voice for the inner self....   [tags: Mind, Consciousness, Unconscious mind, Ezra Pound]

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The Modernist Renouncement of Cultural Heritage

- The coming of the twentieth century spurred an unprecedented metamorphosis that redefined society to many of those who inhabited it. Facets of the transformation included technological and scientific advancements that began to undermine the foundation of which many laid their belief structures upon, utterly annihilating the traditional perspective towards life. Scientists such as Darwin, who attenuated once concrete interpretations of the Bible with his evolutionary theories, or Freud, who depicted human individuality as being driven by primitive, sexual desires, illustrated that the world was not as it seemed....   [tags: Hemingway, Dos Passos]

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The Modernist Period Of Robert Frost

- There have been many exceptional literary figures throughout American history, but very few are as revered as Robert Frost. Frost is considered to be one of the most prominent figures of the modernist period. The modernist period took place during the first half of the twentieth century, and it is characterized by its use of experimentation and belief in individualism (Rahn, 2011). After the death of his father, an eleven-year-old Frost and his family moved to Massachusetts, where he would spend most of his life (“Robert Frost and His Poems,” n.d.)....   [tags: Poetry, Robert Frost]

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The American Dream, Modernist Fiction

- The American Dream, Modernist Fiction Ever since America has emerged as its own nation, the idea of The American Dream has constantly evolved with ever changing ideas. During the Modernist Era, America was going through a time of prosperity and new economic wealth. These factors helped shape the American Dream during this time period. Americans' actions at the time, along with the fictional pieces from this time period, reflect these American ideals. The American Dream during the Modernist Era was best characterized by upward mobility and Americans bettering themselves, which is shown through Americans at this time, the works of F....   [tags: Prosperity, Changes]

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War and Modernism Poems During the Earky 1900's

- During the tumultuous early 1900s, many poems were written on the horrors both heard of and encountered first hand. Some poets, like William Butler Yeats, wrote about the horrors of rebellion they encountered; others, like Wilfred Owen, were part of the dreadful World War I and were urged by their memories to start writing (“Wilfred Owen”). Both were part of the modernist movement, of which Yeats is often regarded as one of the founders. Modernism was a movement that outstretched literature and poetry, yet provided a new amount of freedom for war poets, as it allowed them to express themselves in the modernist fashion of free forms and room for criticism on the modern world (Matterson)....   [tags: modernist movement,william, yeats, modernism]

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Modernist Opera

- Modernist Opera Modernism, a major artistic movement of the first half of the twentieth century, is traditionally a classification of the visual arts, including such schools as Abstraction, Impressionism, and Expressionism. In architecture, too, was Modernism recognized, in the work of people like Frank Lloyd Wright. Even in literature, with the increasing use of symbolism, Modernism was an influence. Modernists in all of these art forms are consciously engaged in the expansion of the boundaries of their art, and in asking their audiences to reject the status quo, both of the art and of some aspect of society or culture the art form addresses....   [tags: Modernism Music Art Opera Essays]

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Elements of Modernist Writing

- Catherine Mansfield, Elizabeth Bishop and William Carlos Williams were poets and writers of short fiction that belonged to the Modernist movement. The movement itself was triggered mostly by the industrial revolution and the horrors of World War I. It was an inter-continental movement and spread into all spheres and disciplines, such as art, philosophy, literature, architecture, music, culture and so on. During the movement of modernism, the individual moved into the spotlight, and it the human subjectivity and self-consciousness was themes around which most of the art and literary worked evolved....   [tags: poetry, imagism, interior monologue]

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Modernism and Experience

- When seeking to describe or analyze Modernist literature, and the Modernist era as a whole, it is essential to keep in mind that these writers were challenging many core beliefs regarding being, both in relation to one’s self, as well as in the external world. Out of the many things Modernist literature does, one of the arguable contentions is that Modernity seeks to collapse the idea that the external and internal are separate. In modern writing, writers such as Joyce and Woolf make a move to disrupt traditional literary forms to push the concepts of truth, belief, and knowledge through the synthesis of experience in the visceral/physical world....   [tags: Modernist Era, Literature]

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Ulysses, Modernism, and Myth: An Exploration of the Modernist Approach to Mythology

- Upon first reading Ulysses by James Joyce, it may seem as though Joyce is creating chaos, but to read this text without looking deeper into it does not do it justice. Each word on the page is significant to understanding the novel as a whole, and it is when one reads the text with this in mind that its true significance emerges. It also helps to have knowledge of Homer’s epic the Odyssey. Without at least some familiarity with the original epic poem, Ulysses becomes impossible to fully grasp. The other tool to understanding it is familiarity with Modernist thought and theory, as framed in the wake of World War I....   [tags: ancient, modern, authors]

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The Modernist Movement in the History of British Literature

- “Suicide Solution”             As a direct result of an artistic rebellion against the edicts of the Romantic Era, the aristocratic hypocrisy of the Victorian Age, and of the horrors of both World War I and World War II, the Modernist movement in the arts was inevitable. Roughly beginning at the close of the 19th century through as late as 1965, Modernism came to the forefront in literature (Rahn).  Defined by the technological changes in the social, political and cultural climate brought about by the aforementioned wars, the discoveries of the Industrial Age, and new schools of psychological theories, Modernism is characterized by themes concerning alienation and disconnection and a loss of...   [tags: artistic rebellion agaisnt Victorian era]

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Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking

- ... We also knew that trying to get data for taste on the cauliflower mash is possible but take a relatively long time. Therefore we decided to do data scraping on Kraft Recipe website and extract comments and reviews concerning cauliflower mash with the Outwit tool. When we extracted the data we had to practice impartiality with the data collected since they were not only comments for cauliflower mash but comments on Kraft products as well. Despite knowing that the data is not absolute, we wanted to give Zero Cuisine an idea of how we can extract data to get an overall taste results in a relatively focused group that was already interested in cauliflower mash....   [tags: cooking, cauliflower, instant]

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Putting the "Mod" in Modern: Modernist Authors

- Ezra Pound summed up modernism in three short words: “Make it new.” It is an imperative that his fellow writers applied to their own works, severing with the realists, whose concepts of narrative were less radical and more reader-friendly. Whether consciously or not, writers like James Joyce and Virginia Woolf applied Pound’s dictate by breaking with convention and applying a variety of innovative techniques. Two of the most telling methods are among those described by postmodernist writer John Barth, who noted “the radical disruption of linear flow of narrative” and “the frustration of conventional expectations concerning unity and coherence of plot and character” (278)....   [tags: James Joyce, Virginia Woolf]

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Katherine Mansfield : A Revolutionary Modernist Author

- Katherine Mansfield was a revolutionary modernist author who had the ability and remarkable literacy that greatly inspired several other writers of her time to follow in her footsteps. As Eric McMillan says in his article "Living and dying in the physical world" Eric describes her as "...she was an originator of the modernist style, eschewing straightforward narrative to build up each story through the accumulation of finely observed, seemingly inconsequential moments." Katherine Mansfield concerned herself with the people of society and engulfed her writing in the everyday stuggle working class individuals....   [tags: Middle class, Social class, Working class]

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The Modernist Attributes of C.L.R. James’s Minty Alley

- The Modernist Attributes of C.L.R. James’s Minty Alley Born in Trinidad and later expatriating himself first to London and then the United States, C.L.R. James was a key figure of the West Indian literary scene during the 1930s. Today he is primarily associated with his nonliterary writings in sociology and politics, and his fiction seems to have dropped from critical attention. Part of this shortsightedness stems from the fact that little of his fiction is readily available to a reading public in this country....   [tags: Gender Sexuality Modernism Essays]

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A Light in the Darkness: Modernist Writing

- The modernist period was a time of change. After World War II many people found themselves unhappy, lonely, and depressed. With the groundbreaking influences of Karl Marx, Freud, and Nietzsche, many people began to question their own reality. What did it mean to exist. What was life, and what was death. The modernist author reflected this change, and confronted these questions with enthusiasm. Together modernist artists became the representative voice of the people. This voice transcended all forms of art, but was most successful in the written word....   [tags: American Literature]

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T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land and the Modernist Movement

- Sight. It is the simple, yet extremely intricate skill performed by humans everyday. The uniqueness of an eye can be described as different combinations of colors that draw people in for deep conversations and contact with one another. As light shines its beams onto an eye, different colors sparkle, making beautiful shades shine through. Brown, green, blue and hazel are merely a few of the colors that can make up one’s eye. Without eyes, human beings would not be able to visualize the wonderful aspects of nature....   [tags: The Waste Land Essays]

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Welcome to the Modernist Truman Show

- Welcome to the Modernist Truman Show   From John Wayne and the western motif to William Shatner and the science fiction motif, Hollywood has been obsessed with the notion of frontier, taking this notion from an American ideology that encourages men to forge ahead into the unknown. Often, though, it seems these men are more running away from society than really running to the unknown. And in The Truman Show, that is what Truman is truly doing- running to the unknown in order to escape the responsibilities of his current life....   [tags: Movie Film Essays]

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What is ‘Modernist’ about Cather’s My Antonia?

- Modernism focuses on removing literature from the safety of nineteenth century conventions and propelling new ideas on how and what to write into the literary domain. In ‘My Antonia’, Cather embodies the push for new literary techniques as she revolutionises the practises of the novel and challenges the conformist society of capitalist America. This can be seen in her narrative technique, anti-Victorian views and character symbolism. The modernity of ‘My Antonia’ can be seen through the narrative style used by Cather....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Death of a Modernist Salesman

- Death of a Modernist Salesman        The modernist movement in writing was characterized by a lack of faith in the traditional ways of explaining life and its meaning.  Religion, nationalism, and family were no longer seen as being infallible.  For the modernist writers, a sense of security could no longer be found.  They could not find any meaning or order in the old ways.  Despair was a common reaction for them.  The dilemma they ran into was what to do with this knowledge.  Poet Robert Frost phrased their question best in his poem “The Oven Bird.”  Frost’s narrator and the bird about which he is speaking both are wondering “what to make of a diminished thing” (Baym 1103).  The modernis...   [tags: Death Salesman essays]

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Melvin B. Tolson : An African American Modernist Poet

- Melvin B. Tolson was an African American modernist poet. Tolson is compared to the likes of Langston Hughes, Ralph Ellison and Gwendolyn Brooks, some of the biggest names in African American literature during the realism, naturalism and modernist era. Melvin B. Tolson was born February 6th although his true birth year is unknown. Tolson was raised in a Methodist Episcopal church and his family moved around quite a bit. Beginning his career very young, Tolson’s first poem was published at the age of 14 in the local newspaper....   [tags: Black people, African American, White people]

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Literary evolution: Differentiating Romanticism and Modernist Literature

- The idea of what literatures function is in shaping society saw a huge change throughout the years, each one of these periods can easily be separated by what literature was used for in each specific era and the ideas that are represented in the literature of these years. The two periods I would like to analyze are romanticism and modernism, namely for the dramatic change in both the form and the use of literature, along with its value to society. Between the romantic and modernist era of literature, writing went from a complex expression of ideals and evocation of emotion to a much less explicit and much more of a social commentary meant to convey unique and new ideas and bring a much dif...   [tags: Social Commentary, Change Through Emotion]

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Unreliable Narration and Its Effects in a Modernist Text

- Modernist text speaks about the historical and social context of WWI. As a movement, modernism highlights the impact of the war and its impact on society. Two modernistic authors during WWI, Ford Madox Ford and Ernest Hemingway choose to express their text with fragmented timelines, to juxtapose war and the relationships in society. Yet, modernist text exposes the usage of dialogue as a mode that fragments the reader’s mind through the singular or multi-focalisation of events that adds to the reliability of the narrator....   [tags: Literature]

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The Fire Sermon: An In-Depth Look at Modernist Poetry

- Just in case the document does not open i have pasted my essay below. See you in class FCA's 1. Three paragraph response 2. Examples and citations form the poem (3 minimum) 3. Sophisticated language The Fire Sermon - an in-depth look at modernist poetry Humanity relies on its life lessons and morals to carry itself through time. Different ideals and points of view on human life mix and provide the diverse culture that humanity owns today, and humanity can thank its ancestors for creating the preaches, speeches, literature pieces, and even religious sermons that carry these morals and lessons throughout generations....   [tags: Poetry]

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Parallels to the Author in To The Lighthouse, by Virginina Woolf

- Virginia Woolf's 'To the Lighthouse' is a fine example of modernist literature, like her fellow modernist writers James Joyce and D.H Lawrence. This novel in particular is of the most autobiographical. The similarities between the story and Woolf's own life are not accidental. The lighthouse, situations and deaths within the novel are all parallel to Woolf's childhood, she wrote in her diary 'I used to think of [father] & mother daily; but writing The Lighthouse, laid them in my mind ….(I believe this to be true – that I was obsessed by them both, unheathily; & writing of them was a necessary act)....   [tags: Modernist Literature]

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Analysis of The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot

- If René Descartes’ “Cogito Ergo Sum” embodies the essence of what it means to be a unified and rational Cartesian subject, then T.S. Eliot’s “heap of broken images” eagerly embraces its fragmented and alienated (post)modern counterpart. The message this phrase bears, resonates throughout the entire poem: from its title, “The Waste Land”, to its final mantra “Shantih shantih shantih”. All words, phrases and sentences (or just simply images) which make up this poem seem to, in Levi-Strauss’ words, “be a valeur symbolique zero [and the signifier] can take on any value required ”, meaning that the images Eliot uses do not have one fixed signification and consequently conjure up thought-prov...   [tags: descartes, modernist]

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Exploring Modernist Literature

- Modernism was born during the later half of the 19th Century. The Modernists became overwhelmed with the Victorian Age Machine and disillusioned by the Civil War. They felt the frailty of mankind and the devastation that mercantilism and war had done to society. They were looking for a new vision and challenged the Victorian Era; "Modernists broke away from the Victorian, staunch literary style and experimented with new forms and techniques in architecture, dance, literature and others" (Murfin;Ray 221)....   [tags: American Literature]

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T.S Eliot's The Waste Land: Fire-Igniting Water

- ... Perhaps the corpse in order to bloom will need water, for that water will extinguish the flames that keep the corpse dead and prevent it from sprouting. The symbol of water will often be mentioned and it will even simultaneously bring about a partial cause of suffering and a source of relief. Imagery of fire is revisited once again in the second section of the poem titled,“A Game of Chess,” in which Eliot remarks on the standing of what seems like an aristocratic woman. The flames are beginning to influence their surroundings....   [tags: modernist poems]

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Understanding Modernist Writing

- Around 1906, modernist writing was used, but did not yet have a name. James Joyce was the first person to write in a modernist way. It was not until later that the name modernism was established. It was mainly involved with language and how it is used. Modernism is known as a result of the struggle families went through during a certain period of time. Many other authors use modernism in a similar way. To fully understand modernist poetry, a definition and a break down is needed. Modernism is better known as a reflection of historical events....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Poetry of T.S. Elliot

- Journey to the Waste Land Who is the magnificent Thomas Stearns Eliot or T.S Eliot for short. Besides the fact that he was long distant family to former presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams, he was an incredible poet. Eliot had come out the womb writing in September 23, 1888 in the small city of St. Louis, Missouri (Murphy 3). You can call him “the man who virtually invented the idea of separating the poet from the poem and the life and times from work has been subjected to more analysis and interpretation” (Murphy 3)....   [tags: modernist movement]

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What It Means "to Be" to the Modernist

- Many modernist writers of the twentieth century focused their works on the concepts of identity and alienation. These artists focused their attention on the notions of self, and what it meant to be an individual. They pondered over ideas of the individual experience and what consequences our social, political, or historical environment really has on a soul, while trying to determine what the true self really consisted of. The concept of identity was very important to undertake, and these concepts are still contemplated today....   [tags: Comparative Literature]

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When Modernist Tools Go PoMo

- When Modernist Tools Go PoMo Since the internet is a tool largely founded in modernist thought it possesses the ability to eradicate social and historical diversity of style in composition. However, due to the shift of thought entailed in Postmodernism, and the fact that making a website grows easier every day, the shift towards global uniformity of style might be slowing or even reversing. A variety of examples support the argument that the internet is, in fact, not restricting or reducing the development of diversity within composition, but rather is promoting diversity and enforcing the Postmodernist concept of a convoluted reality that defies attempts at classification....   [tags: Internet Style Essays]

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Implications of Modernist Thought in Tender Is the Night

- Implications of Modernist Thought in Tender Is the Night      The implications of modernist thought in F. Scott Fitzgeralds' Tender Is the Night, become apparent when conceptualizing crime and punishment. Besides the murder of the Negro in the Parisian hotel, the idea of crime is plastic; adultery, deceit, moral depravity barely have consequences. Actions committed with good intentions often end in despair, such as the marriage of Dick and Nicole Diver. Similarly, seduction and dissimulation are not often met with ensuing punishment....   [tags: Tender is the Night Essays]

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Modernist Literature in Krapp´s Last Tape by Samuel Beckett

- In Krapp’s last tape by Samuel Becket there are three characteristics that make the piece a modernist one. The play’s dialogue, technology, and the fragmentation of the piece, are traits that would be often used in modernist literature. Although every writer had a different way to approach these traits, it is clear that in Krapp’s last tape they were meant to create a modernist case. The play is set up as a monologue. The monologue element is not a trait specifically used in modernist writing because it has been universally used in every era like Romanticism and the Victorian era....   [tags: dialogue, technology, fragmentation]

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Theme of Haunting in the Following Modernist Works: Rebecca, A Haunted House and The Painted Veil

- Modernism as a new genre emerged as a reaction to the previous one-Realism- and took its own place in literary canon. As being introduced to the literary world upon facing the brutal facts of life and its chaotic realities, it brought different aspects to the world of the writers. Its difference existed as a result of its newness not only in content but also in form. The genre of Modernism brought new dimensions to the literature by means of new techniques that are unconventional and unusual.In the field of art and literature, Modernism caused a shift in aesthetic and cultural sensibilities with the period of post World War One....   [tags: virginia wolfe, ]

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Dublin as City of Paralysis VS Paris as City of Darkness in Modernist Literature

- The beginning of the 20th century was an era where tremendous changes took place. Industrial revolution brought about techonological advancement while Darwin’s Evolutionary Theories completely overthrew traditional scientific beliefs. Undergoing such an immense transition at the turn of the century, the focus of the modernist writings was shifted from realism to experimental techniques such as fragmentation and defamiliarization. Modernist writers were no longer interested in depicting the city using the Victorian way....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness - A Modernist Novel

- Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness - A Modernist Novel Modernism began as a movement in that late 19th, early 20th centuries. Artists started to feel restricted by the styles and conventions of the Renaissance period. Thusly came the dawn of Modernism in many different forms, ranging from Impressionism to Cubism. In order to explore new venues of creativity Modernists tinkered with the perception of reality. During the Renaissance, the depiction of a subject was very straight forward. A painting had to look like what it represented....   [tags: Joseph Conrad Heart of Darkness]

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Postmodernist vs. Modernist vs. Personal position on Faith

- Topic 1: Postmodernist vs. Modernist vs. Personal position on Faith Topic 2: What did you learn in this class. Written By: Angela Gonzalez Topic 1: Postmodernist vs. Modernist Position on Science and Religion We have all at one time or another asked ourselves the question “Should I believe this?” Doubt is simply another part of the human experience. When we doubt our faith, however, it can be more crucial than many other doubts we have, because of the believed consequences that come along with it....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Modernist Works and the Fear of the Fin de Siècle

- Modernist Works and the Fear of the Fin de Siècle       Fin de siècle is a term which is now used to refer to the period of the last 40 or so years of the Nineteenth Century and its art, yet at the time the word had genuine sociological connotations of modernity, social decay and reaction.  In France in particular though arguably throughout Europe, society was changing in such a way as to merit such a pessimistic term for the trend evolving.  The growing ability for the mass of the people to access all areas of society, previously only available to an appreciative elite coupled with the growing crime rate and visible decline of this elite are factors of this social phenomenon.  The modern...   [tags: Literature Essays Literary Criticism]

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Modernist Style in Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness

- Modernist's Experiments in Heart of Darkness In Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, a chaotic form of writing takes place which is characteristic of the Modernist's experiments in their style of literature of stream-of-consciousness. Written before WWI took place, he spoke of a different type of chaos and uncertainty present in the world at this time; the issue of slavery. Heart of Darkness describes a voyage to Africa, common for the British still, despite the horrific treatment which was apparent of colonization....   [tags: Heart Darkness essays]

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E. E. Cumming's Life and Accomplishments

- Through his brilliance of pen to paper, he provided meaning and direction for those lost in the creation of a new post-war, modernist society. He cleared the path for those struggling to self-identify and individualize. Through a vast collection of poetry and short novels, Cummings played a significant role in the modernist movement of literature. “E.E. Cummings was, without a doubt, one of the most startling poetic innovators to write in the English language. Each stanza, each line, each word demands separate explication in relation to the content in which occurs” (Stanley)....   [tags: modernist poetry, modernism, perry rablin]

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Modernist Myth in Suna no Onna’s The Woman in the Dunes

- Modernist Myth in Suna no Onna’s The Woman in the Dunes The Woman in the Dunes (Suna no Onna, 1964) was directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara and based on the novel by Kobo Abe and falls into the camp of modernism. It’s a faithful adaptation and has realistic and expressionistic elements. Because it is a parable and paradoxical, there are many interpretations – in other words, we’re on our own with this one. An entomologist (Niki) is walking in a stark desert-scape. Everything is shot in black and white....   [tags: Movie Film Essays]

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Prufrock and Modernist notion of trivial things completeing themselves

- The Modern humankind is caught up in a series of trivial pursuits that seem to make their lives shallower. Eliot uses “Prufrock” to show that the only cause for doing the trivial actions is to avoid the bigger issue. Which could be as simple as asking a woman out, or a complicated as facing death. Either way, J. Alfred Prufrock was avoiding everything challenging in his life. It was his goal to avoid death, because he didn’t know how to deal with it. He avoided asking a woman out, because he was afraid of what she might say....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Challenge of Free Indirect Speech in Mrs. Dalloway

- Mrs. Dalloway’s Free Indirect Discourse Modernist writers emergence in the twentieth century brought many changes to literature. They rejected the Romantic focus on nature and being and instead were inspired by the impersonal and capitalistic feelings brought on from machinery and World War I. Soldiers who were sent to war saw death and pain in completely new ways. These experiences, which only worsened with World War II in the 1940s, prevented many soldiers from mentally coming home. Enlisted writers and those back home who saw the shell-shock effects of war used that horror within their writing....   [tags: modernist writer, woolf]

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Non-Standard Approaches to Post-modernist Literature

- Non-Standard Approaches to Post-modernist Literature In the Fall of last academic year I taught a Comparative Literature 1B class entitled "Ghosts, Doubles, and Divided Selves." As the semester drew to a close we were preparing to read the final text on the syllabus, a novel by Philip Roth entitled The Counterlife. Appearing rather simple on the surface, it is in fact a novel of great complexity, especially on the level of narrative structure. In presenting a very "postmodern" novel, I wondered what approach to take to ensure that students did not become frustrated....   [tags: Graduate Admissions Essays]

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American Poets: Biography of E. E. Cummings

- Throughout history there have been many poets and some have succeeded while other didn’t have the same luck. But in history e.e. Cummings has stunned people with his creativity and exposure to the real world and not living in the fantasy people imagine they live in. Cummings was a great poet, and was able to make his own way of writing while he was also involved greatly in the modernist movement. But he demonstrates all his uniqueness in all and every poem, delivering people with knowledge and making them see the world with different eyes as in the poem “Since feeling is first”....   [tags: ambulance driver, modernist movement]

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Japanese Gender Roles as Reflected In a Grove by Akutagawa Ryunosake

- “Akutagawa Ryunosake opened a hole in our consciousness. We circled the edge of the abyss, peering into its depths.” Yokomitsu Riichi Truth is not the only relative subject matter Akutagawa Ryunosake questions in his short story, “In a Grove.” The text is an enigmatic view of everything from traditional Japanese symbolism to traditional gender roles. These paradoxes are reflected not only in the questions raised by each character’s version of the truth, but in the upended stereotypes of traditional Japanese symbols and revealed in each witness’ response to the crime....   [tags: symbolism, rape, modernist]

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Depictions of Women: The Great Gatsby and Portrait D’une Femme

- Modernist authors of the 1920s showed a negative light on the women of this generation. There were a lot of people who experienced disillusionment of the American Dream which included the ‘perfect’ family. In “Portrait D’une Femme”, by Ezra Pound, it shows the view of a woman from a man who clearly had a disillusionment of his idea of women of a perfect life. In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the narrator also has a disillusionment of women of the 1920’s. In this piece, it shows the differences and similarities of the social classes; this showed how women act based on their social status in society....   [tags: modernist authors, literary analysis]

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The Widow and the Parrot by Virginia Woolf

- "The Widow and the Parrot”, written by Virginia Woolf, is a tale that speaks of the power of wisdom along with the origin of true rewards. Written for her two grandnephews, Julian and Quentin Bell, the short story resonates with those in such a way that changes ones perspective on their livelihood. "The Widow and the Parrot" is based on a true story, showing Woolf's true intentions in creating a lighthearted, "improving story" with a moral (Mills 304). Julian Bell illustrated the story; however, Quentin Bell who then created an afterword explaining the true origins of the tale published it sixty years after its origin....   [tags: modernist writer, short story]

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Virginis Wiilf and Djuna Barnes

- Virginia Woolf and Djuna Barnes were writers experimenting with new, modern ways of life, and they expressed new-age philosophies in their novels. Both writers explore a more emotional side Modernism than the other male writers, with greater emphasis on character relationships, thoughts and emotions. To the Lighthouse does this by posing the futility of ambitions in the novel, suggesting that it is pointless to sentimentalizing previous dreams, since actuality is unlikely to reflect them. Both Barnes and Woolf look back at the great minds of history and critique their views, often dismissing them as old-fashioned....   [tags: Writers, Modernist Movement, Analysis]

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Modernism And Postmodernism And Modernism

- Throughout history and through the nature of man, categories and classifications have been created for anything ever known. No matter if its concerning the homo sapiens or an object considered miscellaneous – there is place for everything and everything seems to be in its place. With art there is no exception. Society classifies each painting or sculpture into a time frame or accompany pieces with similar meanings together. A perfect example of this would be walking through a museum and noticing the different sections – European art, Impressionism, the Modern Wing, etc....   [tags: Modernism, Postmodernism, Postmodernity]

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The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

- Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis is a short story written during the nineteenth century that took place during the Modernist Era. The novella was not meant to be published because Franz Kafka specifically told his close friend that he wants his work to be burned. When Kafka suffered from tuberculosis and passed away, his close friend, Max Brod reviewed his work. He thought Kafka's work was brilliant and decided to published his work. Gregor Samsa’s transformation into a vermin has shown the lost of humanity in which it will show the similarity between the main character and the narrator as well as the impact Gregor Samsa’s loved ones have on him....   [tags: modernist era, gregor, deconstruction]

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Technology Advancement and its Implication in Business and Life

- Over centuries, technology has been playing an important role in life and it is constantly changing, shaping new social forms. Social analysts have been denying the notion that technology is simply the product of rational technical imperatives and technology is actually a socio-technical product, according to the situations of its creation and use. (Wajcman 2002) In the early days, technology was known as the application of scientific knowledge to create the output, which can be either a product or service....   [tags: Modernist, Postmodernist]

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Maya Angelou Is an Example for Every Race and Gender

- She is an accomplished poet, performer, actress, director, teacher, and journalist. She has read two inaugural poems and is a three time grammy award winner. She suffered through trials and tribulations, yet has come out on top as a strong, black woman. She is Maya Angelou and her impact on the world impact on the world today sets an example for every race and gender. Maya Angelou, born Marguerite Ann Johnson, was born on April 4th, 1928. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, she was raised there for a short portion of time, then later moved to Stamps, Arkansas....   [tags: african american, post-modernist, philosophy]

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A Brief History of the Early Modern Era

- In history, the Modern Era is a time that is identify because profound changes marked the development of many cities. In the early modern era, cities grew through general economic grow throughout all Europe. The agriculture production increased as well as the production of rural commodities, which were used for trading. A new phenomenon called global trading was starting to emerge. The different European manufactures were exported to different destinations, and since “Urban economy relies in trade and manufacture the grow of these two activities favored urban growth.” Cities throughout all Europe were evolving, expanding and changing....   [tags: romanticism, progressive era, modernist art]

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Djuna Barnes: A Forgotten Ferocity of the 1920s

- Djuna Barnes was an outspoken and fiercely witty modernist writer of the 1920’s. She was known for her somewhat puzzling writing, her bravery when it came to her own journalism, and her everyday intense persona. She is a figure that, one would think, would have never been forgotten, yet with time, and somewhat by her own doing, she has faded into the background of the 1920’s writers. So much so that, “Barnes once described herself as 'the most famous unknown writer', and this was an astute remark.” (Loncraine.) Barnes was born in 1892, in New York state to her mother and her eccentric Father (who was rather fond of polyamory)....   [tags: puzzling writing, natalie barney, modernist]

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Alienation and Fragmentation in Modernist Literature

- With Sasha Jansen, Jean Rhys created in Good Morning, Midnight a female character who does not have a place in the world. Sasha walks the streets of Paris, commenting, reflecting, remembering. Her few coping-mechanisms show how deeply she is already alienated from the world, even from herself. As a reader you get this fed bit by bit, in fragments, jumping between the actual narration, memories and inner monologues. As a woman in Paris in the late 1930s Sasha Jansen is far ahead of her time. In her book about Jean Rhys, Elaine Savory says about Sasha: "She lives in the 1930s, when women were supposed to gain social standing through marriage to a man (preferably of means), or, if they remained...   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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The Life of Ernest Hemingway

- The making of an author stems from their upbringing or a life altering event that happened in their lives. With most modernist authors, the first World War had changed their mentality as well as the way they wrote their works. Ernest Hemingway was a writer from the Modernist period whose impact comes from the feelings and thoughts he has evoked within his readers and effectively conveyed his consciousness through his works. Hemingway and other Modernists have changed how people view the world and what they bring into it....   [tags: The encrypted diary,modernist period, author]

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Journeys in Frost and Eliot's Literature

- There are reasons that the Lord of the Rings trilogy has spanned nearly one hundred years, allowing children to connect with their grandparents through their love of the tale, and that stories like Harry Potter have defined a generation: the story of a journey is one that audiences love to hear. Reading and watching about journeys can make the reader/watcher experience that journey with the characters. Journeys, however, do not have to be fantastical or magical to be powerful to a person. T.S. Eliot and Robert Frost, for example, were both modernist poets, but they were creators of journeys that seemed much simpler....   [tags: modernist poests, comparative, hope, doom]

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Modernist Liberal Nation in Spain

- José Zorrilla’s “Don Juan Tenorio” and Rosario de Acuña’s “El Padre Juan” give a contrasting view of the advancement of a modern liberal nation. “Don Juan Tenorio” outlines a view that is the status quo – a Spanish society that is not interested in modernisation, rather a marginalisation of women and not recognising equal rights. In contrast, Acuña does try to express a point of view that would identify with a liberal society. This essay will discuss three points. Firstly it will outline and explain what exactly a Liberal society and nation actually is....   [tags: Romanticism, Liberalism]

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Modernist Movement in Ford's Good Soldier and Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway

- Ford Madox Ford and Virginia Woolf were major contributors to the modernist movement. They, as well as others (such as James Joyce), were trying something new, by breaking down the boundaries of traditional writing. Ford's Good Soldier and Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway are two particular examples of the genre. These novels were not well-received in their own time. As time went on, however, the attitudes of the literary world changed and were able to finally see these works for what they really are – exemplary pieces of fiction, certainly worth merit....   [tags: Ford Woolf Dalloway Soldier Modern Essays]

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God’s Transition to a Feared, Cruel Deity in Modernist Literature and Poetry

- Previous literary schools, such as the Renaissance writers and Romanticism, depicted God as an extremely powerful, but benevolent deity that ensured that the conclusion to most events turned out in a positive fashion. After World War I’s catastrophic cost in lives, souls, and property, many authors and poets changed their views of God. Instead of a loving, all-powerful force for good, God turned into a cruel, supernatural being that chooses not to intervene when humans suffer. Many modernists felt that if God could not prevent a disaster such as World War I, he either looked passively at humans or even assisted in their abilities to destroy fellow men, women, and children....   [tags: Literacy Analysis ]

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What Modernism Is And What It Means?

- Greenberg indicated that Modernists intentionally drew attention to the physical flatness of the canvas, to express how you should embrace the literal flatness, to embrace two-dimensionality. We will be exploring hoe Greenberg states the flatness of Modernism through-out this essay, this will include many factors that are included in the arts such as the canvas, paint and the way in which it is applied as well as the colour. We will firstly define Greenberg’s essay of what Modernism is and what it means in regards to how we understand art history, this will be discussed through the means of how Greenberg defines Modernism and how a two-dimensional surface is large part in the methods, these...   [tags: Art, Modernism, Postmodern art]

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Modernist Drama

- Madison Micucci Since 300 B.C, dramatists all over the world have modeled their works after Aristotle’s definition of drama as “the imitation of an action that is serious…in a dramatic rather than narrative form with incidents arousing pity and fear wherewith to accomplish a catharsis of these emotions.” Aristotle’s ideas have endured centuries of change and continue to transcend cultural and historical boundaries. Countless works, whether classical or contemporary, follow the example set by the ancient Greeks, Shakespeare and others, to create dramatic masterpieces that thrill, dazzle and overwhelm the audience by appealing to their emotions....   [tags: Theater]

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Modernism And The Modern Era

- The Romantic Period came in a time where artists and writers felt a need to reflect on the old and maintain a connection to the world around them, avoiding change as much as possible. In contrast, Modernism came around in a time where artists and writers felt that the world needed to change. The modernist view is one that focuses on the here and now, not so much on maintaining connections to older traditions and views. Although bleak, Modernism is something that, in the time that is relevant, that mankind needed....   [tags: Modernism, Postmodernism, Ezra Pound]

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The Modernism Of The Twentieth Century

- The categorization of architecture in the twentieth century has been an ongoing process that relies, to a certain extent, on the subjective input of the classifier. Post-modernism in particular has only one definite classification; it is the movement of architecture that emerged following the Modernism of Europe and the International Style of the world. This literal definition is not only an implication of its chronological order in architectural history, but the notion of post-modernism itself depicts the twentieth century movement as a complete rejection of Modernist architecture....   [tags: Modernism, Postmodernism, International style]

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What is Post-Modernism?

- What is Post-Modernism. The aim of this essay is to explain how Post-Modernism has influenced our contemporary built environment and explain what other movements have derived from it. I would argue that Post-Modernism is a worldwide movement in all arts and disciplines. A definition of postmodernism will provide a better understanding of the trend that would show how it is relevant to contemporary culture and important for the future. Postmodernism became an important movement right after the Second World War, and the movement spread around Europe and North America during the early 20th century....   [tags: Philosophy, Modernism]

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The Literary Modernism Time Period

- The literary modernism time period was a movement in literature that started in the early 1890s and was very eventful. During this era there were many considerable events taking place such as The Great War (also known as “World War One”), which started in 1914. This War lasted for four years and finally ended in 1918, but its effects lasted much longer. The financial instability of Europe and death caused by this First World War gave people a sense of patriotism that unified them. It made people think of not only the society as a whole, but themselves as individuals ("Modernism.")....   [tags: the great war, post modernism, styles]

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As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

- As I Lay Dying Analysis William Faulkner is one of the most intense writers with the oddest writing style of his time period. He was born on September 25th, 1897 in New Albany, Mississippi. When he started writing and producing As I Lay Dying, he was in the Modernism era. Many critics say this novel was poorly done and hard to follow, but the thoughts behind this story is good. He has some messed up things in this story, there's even a part where he drills holes in his dead mothers face on accident....   [tags: writer, modernist era]

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Robert Frost's Life and Accomplishments

- Robert Frost, known for being a Modernist American poet was said to have hidden the pain of his private life through his writing career. He shared many ideas and was barely given credit for any of it during his lifetime. However, the nation mourned when “the most beloved poet of the century” passed away. (Greiner 94-95). After his death, the nation was then able to study and understand Frost’s life and the reasoning behind his poetry. Frost was set on making a difference in poetry as he once expressed, “I expect to do something to the present state of literature in America” (Greiner 95)....   [tags: my butterfly, modernist poet,blank verse]

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