Modernism. Peter Cruz, Bradley Dorsey, Allan Balcita, Jeremiah Napoles. What is Modernism?. Just like the name itself Modernism has to do with the rejection of old ideas due to the advances within the modern time . It is the result of the new industrial world and changing social conditions.
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Anecdote of a Jar
I placed a jar in Tennessee,
And round it was, upon a hill.
It made the slovenly wilderness
Surround that hill.
The wilderness rose up to it,
And sprawled around, no longer wild.
The jar was round upon the ground
And tall and of a port in air.
It took dominion everywhere.
The jar was gray and bare.
It did not give of bird or bush,
Like nothing else in Tennessee.
T- The story of the jar (Jar symbolizing mankind)
P- A jar is placed on the hill, completely alone, with nature completely surrounding it, as if it was completely controlling the jar. Nature thinks it has complete power over the it, but the jar just sits there, as if it doesn't care about nature.
S- The tone of poem at the start is showing loneliness, towards the end it becomes more positive
F- It uses personification and imagery and symbolism:
Personification in each stanza.
Jar symbolizing mankind
A- The author’s tone about it is simplistic and positive.
S- Structure is free verse, 3 stanzas
T- The poem is basically like a story of mankind. In the early years, we were more vulnerable to nature in every way. But in the present, We have more control over nature in ways that we are able to predict natural disasters before they actually happen and well are able to protect ourselves from the weather.
Theme- Although nature is always around us, it won't affect our lives in a negative way.
Miss Nancy Ellicott
Strode across the hills and broke them,
Rode across the hills and broke them —
The barren New England hills —
Riding to hounds
Over the cow-pasture.
Miss Nancy Ellicott smoked
And danced all the modern dances;
And her aunts were not quite sure how they felt about it,
But they knew that it was modern.
Upon the glazen shelves kept watch
Matthew and Waldo, guardians of the faith,
The army of unalterable law.
Rose, harsh rose,
marred and with stint of petals,
meagre flower, thin,
sparse of leaf,
than a wet rose
single on a stem—
you are caught in the drift.
Stunted, with small leaf,
you are flung on the sand,
you are lifted
in the crisp sand
that drives in the wind.
Can the spice-rose
drip such acrid fragrance
hardened in a leaf?
- As an imagist, Hilda uses the picture of a rose to discuss the theme of the poem itself. She discusses the strength women have although they are limited by society. The images she uses are also used to showcase the idea of the hardships women face.
Now it’s your turn. Take about 5-10 minutes to create a poem based on the modernist style.
Use one of the following themes:
D. Human Nature
2. When did the Modernist movement begin?
A. 1945- 2009
B. 1890- 1950
C. 1650- 1700
D. 1600- 1650
3. What war occurred during the Modernist movement?
B. Vietnam War
C. Civil War
D. Korean War
4. How were women viewed as writers during this time?
A. They were greatly admired
B. They were equally admired to male writers
C. They were not accepted as writers
D. None of the above
5. Which of the following is not a Modernist poet?
A. Oscar Wilde
B. Hilda Doolittle
C. T.S Eliot
D. Both A and C