The Modern Age


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The Modern Age

  1. 1. The Modern Age 1915 - 1945
  2. 2. Major Events of this Era <ul><li>World War I:1914-1918 </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>The United States experienced prosperity as its economy boomed: </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>But in 1929, the stock market crashed, beginning the Great Depression. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Twelve years later, World War II took place. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>The devastation of World War I brought an end to the optimism immediately preceding World War II. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Most people felt uncertainty, disjointedness, and disillusionment. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>People sought to find new ideas that were more applicable to twentieth century life. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>The quest for new ideas extended into the world of literature: a major new literary movement known as “Modernism” was born. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Modernism <ul><li>The movement experimented with a wide variety of new approaches. </li></ul><ul><li>It reflected the fragmentation of the modern world, omitting the expositions, transitions, resolutions, and explanations used in literature. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>The themes of these works were usually implied, creating uncertainty in interpretation. </li></ul><ul><li>Prose and poetry frequently no longer followed formulaic patterns, thus confusing readers. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Imagism 1909 - 1917 <ul><li>Imagists rebelled against the sentimentality of nineteenth century poetry. </li></ul><ul><li>They demanded clear expression, concrete images. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Their models often came from the Greek and Roman classics. </li></ul><ul><li>Famous Imagists include </li></ul><ul><li>Ezra Pound </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>H.D. </li></ul><ul><li>and Amy Lowell </li></ul>
  15. 15. The Expatriates <ul><li>This term refers to a number of American writers who became exiles, a “lost generation”, who became disillusioned by World War I , and they chose to live in Europe, especially in Paris. </li></ul><ul><li>They include several famous writers: </li></ul>
  16. 16. Ernest Hemingway
  17. 17. F. Scott Fitzgerald
  18. 18. T. S. Eliot