Perhaps if summer ever came to rest And lengthened, deepened, comforted, caressed Through days like oceans in obsidian Horizons, full of night's midsummer blaze; Perhaps, if winter once could penetrate Through all its purples to the final slate, Persisting bleakly in an icy haze; One might in turn become less diffident, Out of such mildew plucking neater mould And spouting new orations of the cold. Then fell a stillness such as harks appalled When far-gone dead return upon the world. For I have known them all already, known them all:— Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons, I have measured out my life with coffee spoons; I know the voices dying with a dying fall Beneath the music from a farther room. Climbing the mountain height, rising toward a saint still honored in these parts, the paper chambers flush and fill with light that comes and goes, like hearts. The black telephone's off at the root, The voices just can't worm through.
Vincent Millay Love is not all: It is not meat nor drink Nor slumber nor a roof against the rain, Nor yet a floating spar to men that sink and rise and sink and rise and sink again. Modernist literature spoke of every aspect of reality, putting the spotlight on the ordinary and simple rather than on the extraordinary. On this page I will provide examples of various advancements and other changes introduced by Modernism. A moidore is a Portuguese golden coin. And now our fairy decorator brightens his shop for fall; his fishnet's filled with orange cork, orange, his cobbler's bench and awl; there is no money in his work, he'd rather marry. Vincent Millay What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why, I have forgotten, and what arms have lain Under my head till morning; but the rain Is full of ghosts tonight, that tap and sigh Upon the glass and listen for reply, And in my heart there stirs a quiet pain For unremembered lads that not again Will turn to me at midnight with a cry. There was a smell of rain and a heavy drag Of wind in the hedges but not as the wind blows Over fresh water when the waves lag Foaming and the willows huddle and it will rain: I felt him waiting.
Modernism is a literary movement that became popular at the beginning of the twentieth century. Dirty British coaster with a salt-caked smoke stack, Butting through the Channel in the mad March days, With a cargo of Tyne coal, Road-rails, pig-lead, Firewood, iron-ware, and cheap tin trays. The mysteriousness of life was being lost in the rush of daily life. Although similar to symbolism, expressionism is different in that the author wished more to lead the reader to the specific personal emotions, moods, and ideas of the author instead of general feeling and emotion. It's all about the narrative technique. Next, we've got Virginia Woolf. For the most part, Modernist literature featured characters who just kept their heads above water.
Because of modernism the gap between highbrow and lowbrow literature has grown. All night upon mine heart I felt her warm heart beat, Night-long within mine arms in love and sleep she lay; Surely the kisses of her bought red mouth were sweet; But I was desolate and sick of an old passion, When I awoke and found the dawn was gray: I have been faithful to you, Cynara! Worldwide Destruction During the First World War, the world witnessed the chaos and destruction of which modern man was capable. Let seed be grass, and grass turn into hay: I'm martyr to a motion not my own; What's freedom for? Playwrights commonly associated with the Theatre of the Absurd include 1906—1989 , 1909—1994 , 1910—1986 , 1930—2008 , b. The tangled bine-stems scored the sky Like strings of broken lyres, And all mankind that haunted nigh Had sought their household fires. And you, my father, there on the sad height, Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
I have seen them gentle tame and meek That now are wild and do not remember That sometime they put themselves in danger To take bread at my hand; and now they range Busily seeking with a continual change. This was no playhouse but a house in earnest. This often coincides with the theme of technoculture and hyperreality. All of these storytelling devices were first used by postmodern literary writers and were adopted by film and television makers. For, though I've no idea What this accoutred frowsty barn is worth, It pleases me to stand in silence here; A serious house on serious earth it is, In whose blent air all our compulsions meet, Are recognised, and robed as destinies. Although the height of modernism lasted for fewer than 40 years, this movement profoundly influenced art and artists across media.
Mouse's Nest by John Clare I found a ball of grass among the hay And progged it as I passed and went away; And when I looked I fancied something stirred, And turned again and hoped to catch the bird — When out an old mouse bolted in the wheats With all her young ones hanging at her teats; She looked so odd and so grotesque to me, I ran and wondered what the thing could be, And pushed the knapweed bunches where I stood; Then the mouse hurried from the craking brood. This illustrates the crisis of perversion of human sexuality. It is sometimes used to show improvement, but more often used to represent the increasing isolation of society and the cold, mechanical nature of the world. Which way does your beard point tonight? I know what I know. The poets 1910—1970 and b. Here are your waters and your watering place. Every woman adores a Fascist, The boot in the face, the brute Brute heart of a brute like you.
The Structure of Obscurity: Gertrude Stein, Language, and Cubism. Arguably the most important postmodern technique, magical realism is the introduction of fantastic or impossible elements into a narrative that it seems real or normal. Influenced by Joyce was Virginia Woolf. To achieve the emotions described above, most Modernist fiction was cast in first person. Postmodern literature, though, has rejected the notion that literature has to be serious and high-brow in order to be literary. As far as gloom went in that room, The lamp might have been lit! If you are more interested in the history of Modernism, please click here:.
Once up against the sky it's hard to tell them from the stars — planets, that is — the tinted ones: Venus going down, or Mars, or the pale green one. With my gypsy ancestress and my weird luck And my Taroc pack and my Taroc pack I may be a bit of a Jew. Experimentation Modernist writers broke free of old forms and techniques. Instead, their work followed no set order or boundary, mimicking the rapidly changing thoughts we would see if we could look into the mind of another person. European modernist poets include , , , , and. Advice to a Girl by Sara Teasdale No one worth possessing Can be quite possessed; Lay that on your heart, My young angry dear; This truth, this hard and precious stone, Lay it on your hot cheek, Let it hide your tear. This story, from 1920, is probably her most famous: it focuses on a young woman, Laura Sheridan, whose family is holding a garden party at their home in New Zealand.