Essay on Elements of Modernist Writing

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Catherine Mansfield, Elizabeth Bishop and William Carlos Williams were poets and writers of short fiction that belonged to the Modernist movement. The movement itself was triggered mostly by the industrial revolution and the horrors of World War I. It was an inter-continental movement and spread into all spheres and disciplines, such as art, philosophy, literature, architecture, music, culture and so on. During the movement of modernism, the individual moved into the spotlight, and it the human subjectivity and self-consciousness was themes around which most of the art and literary worked evolved. Modernist writers adopted the stream of consciousness; a literary technique used to describe the workings of the mind, and the ways in which …show more content…
The speaker of “The Fish” is a fisherwoman, who catches a curious looking the fish, and as she observes it, she begins to identify herself with the fish. It is a brown, saggy and unresisting fish, because “He did not fight / He had not fought at all” (EB 5- 6). The fish is still alive, yet it does not fight for survival, and the speaker searches for traces of life in the fish’s eye. However, she notices that “They shifted a little, but not / to return my stare” (EB 40- 41). The reader notices a rise in enthusiasm from beginning to end of the poem. The first lines are disinterested, almost surreal and merely describe the fish in a dull manner. However, the descriptions become more vivid, more imagist after the poet observes the fish longer “I admired his sullen face/ the mechanism of his jaw” (EB 45- 46). By the end of the poem, the speaker becomes more and more ecstatic: “I stared and stared/, and victory filled up/ the little rented boat” (EB 65- 67). In the end, the poet observed the fish until everything “was rainbow, rainbow, rainbow!” (EB75) Overwhelmed by her newly-discovered emotions, she lets the fish go. In “This is Just to Say”, a true example of an imagist poem, the poet teasingly admits eating the forbidden fruit, describing that “they were delicious/ so sweet/ and so cold.” (CWC 10- 12) The alliteration of the letters

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