Essay on American Literary Modernism : American Literature

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American Literary Modernism

“American literary Poetry was the period marked by sudden and unexpected breaks with the traditional ways of viewing and interacting with the world, a relatively strong sense of cohesion, and similarities across genres and locales” (Web, The Literature Network). “The one fundamental constant for Modernist’ is breaking normal traditions” (Web, The Literature Network). Modernism sees the individual (decay) and become alienated. Nature and Being, held great interest in the earlier poets in previous discussions, but Modernism saw individualism. “Although generally called a movement, it is more valid to see modernism as an international body of literature characterized by a new self-consciousness about modernity and by radical formal experimentation” (Web, PBS). The Modernist story was often more of a stream of consciousness. Irony, satire, and comparisons were often employed to point out society 's ills (Web, Cliffnotes). American Modernism applies to fiction as well as poetry. In assimilation with Modernism, “Fiction has the appearance of various typical themes: reality of experience itself, or, experience of reality, the search for a ground of meaning in a world without God, without guidance, rules, or a clear distinction between good and bad, without a hope for redemption, and loss of meaning and hope in the modern world and an exploration of how this loss may be faced, or overcome” (Web, Professor John Lye). In American literature modernism and…

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