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What was the modernist movement in literature?



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M. Krasinski

M. Krasinski

M. Krasinski
M. Krasinski, Content Writer, Columbus

Answered Jul 30, 2018

Literary modernism is said to have occurred during the late 19th and early 20th century. This is a type of philosophical movement that was able to take the world. It was evident at that time that there were many changes that were happening to the Western Society. What used to be very conservative slowly changed in order to keep up with the modern times.

Pre-modernism still held theories that are now already proven to be wrong. There were things that did not seem normal before modernism but was slowly being accepted. Right now, modernism is described as a current train of thought or a contemporary way of thinking about the things that are happening right now.

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John Smith

John Smith

John Smith
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Answered Mar 30, 2017

Modernism

The modernist movement in literature developed during the turbulent events of the early to middle twentieth century. In response to the devastation of war, and feeling disconnected from the traditions of the past, many modern writers infused their works with an extreme sense of uncertainty, disillusionment, and despair. The language and imagery used in this poem (cry, weeps, mourns, useless, impossible, and evening without morning) invoke the inevitability of death and create a stark and unsettling atmosphere, which is characteristic of modernist poetry.
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