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Modernism. Asha Abdirahim Zinderella Distrito Valerie Romero Melissa Sambol. Overview. Movement in arts, where it states cultural tendencies and cultural movements. Driven by a conscious desire to overturn traditional.

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Asha Abdirahim

Zinderella Distrito

Valerie Romero

Melissa Sambol


Movement in arts, where it states cultural tendencies and cultural movements.

Driven by a conscious desire to overturn traditional.

The evolution of industrial societies, growing cities, which was followed by dramatic terror brought by World War I were the circumstances that molded the foundations of the movement.

Socially progressive trend that demonstrates the power of the people to create, enhance and transform their environment.

It is full of allusions, where most of the poems are influenced by cubism

It focuses on visual arts, surrealism, futurism abstraction and cubism

have multiple themes on a large range of subjects

  • Replace formal by free verse
  • Reject any notion of an implied speaker, a rational development or narrative
  • Use words only minimally
  • Often incorporate soundtracks, graphics and happenings
  • Seem traditional, but undermine cultural expectations or previous art forms
  • Known for:
        • experimentation
        • individualism
        • intellectualism
        • anti-realism
wallace stevens 1879 1955
Wallace Stevens (1879- 1955)

Born in Reading, Pennsylvania on October 2, 1879

Son of a successful lawyer

Attended Harvard University as a non-degree special student

After Harvard University he moved to New York City, working as a Journalist for a short time he attended New York Law School where he graduated in 1903

After graduating he went back to Reading, Pennsylvania where he married Elsie Moll

Inspired by the paintings of Paul Klee, and Cezanne

His techniques are meditative and philosophical; he uses this to contrast the predictable, the imaginary and the truly valuable

Died of stomach cancer on August 2, 1955 at the age of seventy-five

notable works
Notable Works

Anecdote of the Jar

The Emperor of Ice-Cream

The Idea of Order at Key West

Sunday Morning

The Snow Man

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

hilda doolittle h d 1886 1961
Hilda Doolittle (H.D.) (1886-1961)
  • Born in Pennsylvania; lived in Europe most of her life
  • Influenced by Ezra Pound
  • Openly bisexual
  • Associated with Imagism (avant-garde movement that helped start Modernism)
  • In 1933-34, underwent psychoanalysis with Sigmund Freud, and her work became more autobiographical.
  • Became interested in mysticism and mythical patterns, exploring ancient Greek culture
  • Key Characteristics:
  • Allusions
  • Mythology
  • Strong Imagery
  • Unconventional
notable works1
Notable Works
  • Sea Rose
  • Heat
  • Cassandra
  • Star Wheels in Purple
  • Helen
  • Orchard
marianne moore 1887 1972
Marianne Moore (1887-1972)

Was born in Kirkwood, MO

Attended Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and majored in politics, law and history

Served as an editor for The Dial, a literary and cultural journal

Taught at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School until 1915 when she began to publish poetry professionally

Known for her irony and wit

Won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and the Bollingen Prize in 1933 for her Collected Poems

notable works2
Notable Works
  • A Grave
  • He made this Screen
  • Marriage
  • No Swan so Fine
  • Baseball and Writing
  • Roses only
william carlos williams 1883 1963
William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)
  • Born in Rutherford, New Jersey
  • Began writing poetry in high school then made the decision to become both a writer and a doctor.
  • Received his MD at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Influenced by Ezra Pound
  • Principal poet of the Imagist movement till he began to reject it
  • Spent weekends in New York City with writers and artists
  • Won the first National Book Award for poetry among other awards
notable works3
Notable Works
  • The Red Wheelbarrow
  • Spring and All
  • The Yachts
  • Desert Music
  • DanseRusse
  • The Descent
  • Art was influenced by World War I and the desire to break out of classical and traditional art
interactive lesson
Interactive Lesson
  • Each table may pick from the following themes and write a poem similar to those of modernism
    • Nature
    • Freedom
    • Mythology

What events in society molded the foundations of modernism?

What is Modernism driven by?

What movement is modernism based on?

What techniques is modernism known for?

What are the 2 techniques that Wallace Stevens uses?

ap style writing prompts
AP Style Writing Prompts

1. William Carlos Williams and Hilda Doolittle often provide strong imagery in their works. Read each of their poems carefully. Then write an essay in which you compare and contrast the two poems and how their works relate to their literary movement.

2. Read the following poem The Snow Man by Wallace Stevens carefully. Then write an essay discussing how the poet uses literary techniques to reveal the speaker’s attitudes toward nature and the relation between imagination and reality.

3. Choose one of the poems and read it carefully. How are the structure, figurative languages, and theme of that poem relate to the author’s literary movement?