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Modernism was marked by a deliberate, intentional break with tradition. Modernism challenged established religious, political, and social ideas. In the wake of First World War, with its...

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One of the major precursors to the modernist movement was Charles Darwin. In the mid-nineteenth century, he began developing his theories of evolution. Over the course of fifty years, there were...

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In her essay entitled "Modern Fiction," Virginia Woolf declares that the form of fiction that has been in style "more often misses than secures the thing we seek." Ms. Woolf further contends that...

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Themes regarding alienation and individualism are key in understanding Modernism, for the movement's goal was to upend the Determinist ideas that had characterized 19th-century literature. In other...

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Literary modernism originated in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in answer to the call of Ezra Pound: "Make it new." Modernism rejects Realism, instead examining realms of the consciousness...

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Briefly, because this is a big topic, the poetic styles of modernist poets T. S. Eliot, Dylan Thomas, Philip Larkin, and H. W. Auden compared as follows. Prominent characteristics of Eliot's poetic...

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Cubism arose and gained popularity during the early 1900's. It's a sort of offshoot of modernism and naturalism, which also began appearing during this time. The Cubist movement was most apparent...

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Perhaps the most important artistic movement of the twentieth century, modernism developed from some smaller movements that experimented with new forms designed to innovate, startle, and even...

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The works of Fitzgerald and Hemingway each focus on love and the difficulties of love in their works. One thematic argument to make regarding the role of love in the literary work of these two...

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To me, the most glaring example of modernism in the short story "Araby" from James Joyce's "Dubliners" collection, is the tone and also the conclusion. The beginning segment of the story shows the...

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According to Trent Lorcher in "Lesson Plans: Modernism in Literature," Modernism is marked by a strong and intentional break with tradition. This break includes a strong reaction against...

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Scholars have debated when the modern period began. The dates when Modernism flourished are in dispute, but few scholars identify its genesis as being before 1860 and World War II is generally...

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Modernism is post-industrial, like Marxism. Both celebrate intellectualism, the rational, and the importance of the individual. Modernism is a movement spanning roughly 1910 to 1940, although some...

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Two other key aspects of Modernist literature is the introduction of what would have previously been considered profane—sexuality, violence and its after-effects, as well as coarse language—and the...

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One of the possible drawbacks of modernist art, depending on one's perspective, is that it borrowed heavily from West African influences in sculpture but took little interest in the cultures from...

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Modernism is not an easy term to define. Just the simple act of identifying when it begins and ends as an artistic movement is challenging. Scholars continue to debate which social and cultural...

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The major over-arching ideals of Modernism include: Lack of connection to history or familiar institutions Anti-traditionalism and reacting against normative religious, political or social views...

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First, it is important to note that not all poets writing in the period called "modernist" were followers of the poetic movement "Modernism." Robert Frost, for example, was, like many of the...

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Both Sigmund Freud and Erasmus Darwin had important effects on the evolution of the modernist movement in the arts in the early twentieth century. While many early modern artistic genres had often...

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While the so-called Modernist movement in literature is generally considered to encompass the early- to mid-20th Century, Joseph Conrad is widely regarded one of the early and major progenitors of...

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One of the critical elements of modernism is the belief that the guiding structures and principles that helped to define consciousness are no longer present. This absence creates a void where...

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Asked and answered. Go to Literature/Modernism for a full discussion, and see the scholarship of Irving Howe on this subject. Thoroughly covered in previous answers. The text below is repetition...

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When Woolf writes that “All human relations have shifted,” she is making the point that Modernism involves a transformation or change from what was originally held and in what believes were placed....

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Modernism, as a whole, was a movement that attempted to radically break from past traditions in poetry, painting, and the arts in general. There are quite a few poetic styles that came out of this...

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Romantic poets valued imagination which leads to spiritual truths and put it at the core of their work. Emotions are valued more than reason and logic, and nature is a place of respite from the...

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Would you like further explanation on the previous response or are you just displeased with "the breakdown of moral universals" as a form of modernist fragmentation? I'd be glad to help with more...

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An argument can be made that both WWI and Modernism grew out of the same set of changing circumstances. Governments and nations were in a state of flux paralleled a flux in "man's state of being",...

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A free verse poem can be any poem not in set form, or employing a regular rhyme scheme or meter, though both rhyme and meter can be used on an occasional basis. This type of poetry tends to follow...

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In many respects, it is not entirely difficult to analyze a song through the lens of Modernism. Consider how Virginia Woolf defined the movement, itself: "All human relations shifted...and when...

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As most would agree, Modernism is very difficult to define. All movements have fuzzy borders. Moreover, some who would be defined as modernists by others disavow that title for themselves. Though...

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World War I was a horrible war. It killed so many people, and in such terrible ways, that people did indeed become disenchanted. Optimism was gone for awhile there, and a pessimistic kill or be...

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Modernism is a term which codifies the literary and artistic production that emerged after World War I. The war unleashed an existential crisis in the Western world. The supposedly self-evident...

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I would say that one of the strongest elements of Modernist writing is the lack of coherency in voice. Modernist thinkers were driven by the idea that the past is a collection or a jumbled...

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Modernism can be described as an artistic response to the industrial revolution. After industrialization had changed the landscape of the Western world, modernism emerged. The industrial revolution...

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American modernist literature definitely reflected a more pessimistic view of religion and humanity, and focused on identity. This included both the concepts of individual identity and American...

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One technique Joyce uses is to not name the narrator. Not telling us the main character's name increases his isolation and fragmentation. We feel closer to a narrator even just by knowing his...

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Critics will say that the modernist movement in literature is actually best described as a period rather than an a cohesive artistic movement. However, we can certainly identify a number of common...

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"Modernity" refers to society roughly between 1650–1950, while "post-modern" refers to 1950 onward. In modern society, the economy was highly industrial and capitalist. The primary form of division...

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During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Western society experienced rapid social, political, and economic change. Under these changes, many of the old cultural and intellectual...

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Disillusionment with civilization after World War I saw a burgeoning rebellion against European culture as corrupt, effete, and artificial. This rebellion manifested itself in some radical...

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I can think of two very specific ways in which the literary tenets of Modernism appeared in visual art of the 30s. Modernists argued for multiple ways of looking at the world. Your chair probably...

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Alienation and isolation play a part in both "The Wild Swans at Coole" and "Araby." Though the swans possess what the speaker lacks--they are "Unwearied still, lover by lover," and "Their hearts...

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The "shifting" of "human relations" that Woolf uses to help explain Modernism is embodied by the First World War. The fundamental premise of the movement was to express this "shift" or seismic...

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This is far too broad of a question. There seems to be something to the tune of at least five different questions in one. It's near impossible to answer in its original state. I think that we...

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Poetry, like any art form, expresses the time and culture in which was was created. Inasmuch as we are aware of traditional culture, so the traditional forms or structures help convey the...

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I think that you can find the presence of modernism in much of the literature between the World Wars. The reality was that there was a fundamental disbelief in the promises of totality and...

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Modernism is a type of literature that is marked by its intentional break with tradition. It grew out of the mass of destruction and disillusionment that was left in the wake of World War I. This...

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Are you asking if World War I is a distinct genre of American literature, or if it influenced American Modernism? I'd say it definitely had an impact on American literature and inspired the...

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A complete answer to such a question would go beyond the allotted space here. Pinter's place in Western literature is a powerful one and, consistent with Modernism, an attempt to answer the impact...

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I think that one of the distinctive elements of Modernist drama is its embrace of a fragmented consciousness. Modernist drama is very open and willing to concede that there is not much in way of...

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