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Modernist elements

  1. 1. 20. CENTURY MODERNISM MODERNIST ELEMENTS KTU- Department of English Language and Literature Gül Nihan GÜRSOY
  2. 2. WHAT IS MODERNISM?  It is a disengagement from ordinary conventions and seeking new perspectives, forms and styles in literature. KTU- Department of English Language and Literature Gül Nihan GÜRSOY
  3. 3. MAJOR THEMES  Alienation from society, loneliness and violence  Loss and despair; painful memories of past  Inevitable change  Race relations; sense of place; local skin color  Rejection of history  Fear of death  Impossibility to express love KTU- Department of English Language and Literature Gül Nihan GÜRSOY
  4. 4. MAJOR FEATURES Focus on form rather than meaning Corrupting old shapes Disengagement from social principals and cultural values Understanding truths; rejecting mythical past KTU- Department of English Language and Literature Gül Nihan GÜRSOY
  5. 5. MAJOR FEATURES  Interest in early and non-western cultures  Reflecting complexity of modern urban life  Life is fragmented  Subject is usually what the purpose of literature and poetry is  Ironic and emotionless KTU- Department of English Language and Literature Gül Nihan GÜRSOY
  6. 6. MAJOR FEATURES Anti romantic; not naturalist but interested in art Poem need not to have a meaning Poet is responsible for life and spirit Point of view is remote from subject Allusions to myth, the Bible, foreign languages and street life KTU- Department of English Language and Literature Gül Nihan GÜRSOY
  7. 7. MAJOR FEATURES Poems resemble a puzzle or labyrinth; so meaning must be searched by reader Not using unnecessary words Words are arranged entertainingly Very footnoted. KTU- Department of English Language and Literature Gül Nihan GÜRSOY
  8. 8. • http://authspot.com/poetry/the-three-most-important-features-ofmodern-poetry/ • http://www.online-literature.com/periods/modernism.php • http://www.antiessays.com/free-essays/271937.html KTU- Department of English Language and Literature Gül Nihan GÜRSOY

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