What are the characteristics of modern poetry?
To clarify, not all contemporary poetry is considered "modern" in the sense of the modernist literary movement. The modernist poets, such as T.S. Eliot, tended to favor intellect over emotion, and valued themes of alienation and isolation as reactions to the romanticism of the previous era of literature. For contemporary poetry, common trends include stream of consciousness, free verse, and the preference for suggestion or ambiguity of ideas.
In addition to the points made by the first two educators, it should also be noted what Modernism was essentially about, the reason it emerged as it did. After the formal, flowery, and romantic era of Victorian literature, Modernist works leaned towards experimentation. Modern poets wished to both extract inspiration from diverse works of the past and ground poetry such that its language and meaning was more accessible to the average person.
With the end of the nineteenth century and two World Wars, the Modernists wished to comment candidly and competently on the degenerating state of the...
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