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A POETIC RENAISSANCE. IN THE MODERNIST ERA. THREE ERAS/schools OF THOUGHT. Remember what we know about Modernism: Happens 1900-1950 World War I and World War II Reaction to dehumanizing trends in America: anonymity, loss of individual, reject traditional ways of seeing things

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A poetic renaissance

A POETIC RENAISSANCE

IN THE MODERNIST ERA


Three eras schools of thought

THREE ERAS/schools OF THOUGHT

Remember what we know about Modernism:

  • Happens 1900-1950

    • World War I and World War II

  • Reaction to dehumanizing trends in America: anonymity, loss of individual, reject traditional ways of seeing things

  • Modernists were experimenting with new forms/new ideas but they hadn’t discarded meaning yet: they were trying to create MEANING through the reorganization of knowledge


First school of thought

First school of thought

  • Saw the increasing dehumanization

  • They rebelled against taboos: experimentation

  • They hungered for spiritual enlightenment

  • They had a renewed sense of responsibility for fellow humans

  • They wanted to affirm human dignity in the face of dehumanizing trends

  • They wanted to change things! Point out flaws and work toward change.


Second school of thought

Second school of thought

  • Began to focus more on ideas and order

  • Increased emphasis on moving away from personal poetry: instead, these poets sought to use poetry to make an intellectual statement about the world

  • Sought to discover the true meaning of objects and ideas

  • Poems could still be personal, but they required the reader to make a connection to something larger/outside their personal experience


Third school of thought

THIRD school of thought

  • Poets are more affected by social change and cultural challenge

  • Affected by the history of the time period: World War I, Roaring Twenties, Stock Market Crash, Harlem Renaissance, governmental issues (Marxist and totalitarian, World War II

  • Poets asked questions about how to live in the new world created by modern difficulties

  • Dealt with questions of how to see the world, how to be moral, how to deal with problems of the time

    • Some poets began to fade into Postmodernism at the end: there might be no meaning at all!


Schools of thought

SCHOOLS OF THOUGHT

  • These are not hard and fast time periods

  • Instead, these three schools of thought blend/bleed into each other.

  • But they do bring different tones to their poetry and so we can make some delineation, especially when we see how history affects people’s view of literature


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