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Delta Caraulia, Felipe Diaz, Katereen Farol , Lee Lacasa. Modernism. Context. 1900s: A time of advancement and innovation Changing view of the universe Avante garde art movements Industrial transformation 1914: World War I Resulted in catastrophic events. Overview. Revolutionary force

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  • 1900s: A time of advancement and innovation
    • Changing view of the universe
    • Avantegardeart movements
    • Industrial transformation
  • 1914: World War I
    • Resulted in catastrophic events
  • Revolutionary force
    • Poets turn to untraditional sources for inspiration
    • Willingness to experiment with new forms
    • Want to be avantegarde
  • Follows after the symbolist and romantic movement
    • However, much more daring
  • Heavily influenced by World War I
    • Created a sense of disillusionment because of the horrific war events (mass killings of soldiers and civilians)
  • Focuses on how an individual relates to one’s environment
  • A movement that breaks with the past
techniques themes
Techniques & Themes
  • Personification and symbolism
    • Giving inanimate objects or animals human characteristics
    • Giving deeper meanings to inanimate objects and animals
  • Allusions
    • References to well known works or historical events
  • Influenced by artistic movements of the time
    • Especially cubism
  • Themes that are sympathetic towards human consciousness and create a sense of disillusionment
william carlos williams
William Carlos Williams
  • (1883-1963)
  • Attained a medical degree from University of Pennsylvania
    • Practiced medicine as a family doctor by day, wrote poetry at night
  • Initiated poetic career with a New York group called “The Others” consisting of writers and artists
  • Experienced mostly negative critiques during his poetic career from fellow poets, experienced overshadow during his movement by author T.S. Eliot, which deterred from his Modernism approach.
  • Contributed effort into influencing younger poets.
    • Significant influence in American literary movements such as: Beat movement, San Francisco Renaissance, and the Black Mountain School.
  • Suffering from constant heart attacks and strokes from the age of 64
  • Notable works:
    • Kora in Hell (1920), Spring and All (1923), Pictures from Brueghel and Other Poems (1962), The Five-Volume Epic Paterson (1963, 1992), Imaginations (1970)
marianne moore
Marianne Moore
  • (1887-1972)
  • Moore was born in Kirkwood, Missouri, where she was raised by her grandparents. Her father was placed in a mental hospital before he was born.
  • She received an education at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania then later began to publish her poetry in 1915.
  • When Moore moved to New York with her mother, she met many other poets like T. S Eliot, and Ezra Pound.
  • From 1925 to 1929 she was an editor of literary and cultural journals where she began to encouraging young poets.
  • Notable works :
  • Collected Poems (1951), Like a Bulwark (1956), Nevertheless (1944), O to Be a Dragon (1959), Observations (1924), Poems (1921)
helen doolittle h d
Helen Doolittle “H.D.”
  • (1886-1961)
  • American poet, novelist and memorist in early 20th –century and also part of avant-garde imagist group
  • 1911: she moved to London and emerged to imagist movement
  • During WWI, Helen suffered the death of her brother and divorce with her husband, Richard Aldington
  • Interested in Ancient Greek literature
  • 1930: become friend with Freud
  • Awards: Gold Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and Brandiers and Longview Awards later
  • Notable Work:
  • Sea Garden (1916), The God (1917), Translations (1920), Hymen (1921), Heliodora and Other Poems (1924)
wallace stevens
Wallace Stevens
  • Attended Harvard University and intended to become a lawyer
  • Had friends among the New York writers and painters in Greenwich Village
    • William Carlos Williams, Marianne Moore, E.E Cummings
  • Moved to Connecticut in 1916 and found employment at Hartford Accident and Indemnity Co.
    • Officially away from the world of law and business
  • Influenced by English Romantics and French symbolists
  • Concerned with the transformative power of imagination
  • Spend a lot of time alone at his desk
  • Notable works:
  • Harmonium (1923), Ideas of Order (1935), Owl's Clover (1936), The Man With the Blue Guitar (1937), Notes Towards a Supreme Fiction (1942), Parts of a World (1942)
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Visual Representations

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  • Which event in history was significant in the development of Modernism?
  • What type of emotions did Modernism evoke?
  • What are common techniques that poets of this movement used?
ap style prompts
AP Style Prompts
  • Read “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” by Wallace Stevens carefully. Then, write a well-developed essay in which you analyze how the poet uses an single object to convey several meanings
  • Read “Helen” by H.D. carefully. Then write a well-developed essay on how the poet conveys the thoughts of a civilization.
  • Read “DanseRusse” by William Carlos Williams carefully. Then, write a well-developed essay in which you analyze how the poet describes himself as breaking from a social norm.