Meena Alexander believes in poetry as political activism: her poetry often deals with conflicts and unrest, cities at the edge of war, episodes of discrimination, and so on. In an interview with Ruth Maxey, the poet admits that history conspires against the writing of poetry (Alexander 2009, 190). Many American poets have tried to do away with history, and to break the chains that still linked them to tradition, and to the old canon of British poetry. Alexander mentions Ralph Waldo Emerson, whose notion of self-reliance, which she interprets as reinvention of the self, “exhilarated” her (2009, 3). Chapter first of this study is entitled Identity which offers the theoretical framework of the term identity and the elements of identity in her works and try to find out her own identity.
The two poems also utilize colloquial language to simplify their poems. The two poets lived after the Civil War had ended which carries oppression, racial segregation and lots of tension. Although they lived in similar periods, each poet's perspective of the identity of America is entirely different. Walt Whitman was an influential American poet, who believed that the relationship between
Romanticism occurred much earlier, around the end of the 18th century, but was mostly dominant around 1840. Both philosophies were very similar to each other since the two movements were a reaction against the contemporary strict traditions, laws, and religious rules. They both placed a huge emphasis on the individual as well as inspiration from nature. In the following, I will discuss American Transcendentalism and Romanticism in relation to Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay ‘The American Scholar’ and Walt Whitman’s poem ‘Song of Myself’. Emerson was an American poet, essayist and lecturer.
Modernist poetry is the affirmed break from the traditional literary subjects, styles, etc., specifically the nineteenth century Romantics and symbolist precursors. The modernists valued the construction of the literacy styles they sought to transform. An example of these literacy subjects is compressed lyrics that would be used in a foreign verse. Additionally, modernist poetry had the ideals of being marked by free verses and symbolism that contained visual creations. Along with their ideals and values, modernist poets believed the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century poets had the ability to reinvent a language based on a variety of personal experiences.
The two American poems, “Glass Ceiling” by T.R Hummer and, “Richard Cory” by Edwin Arlington are predicated upon masking our feelings or obnubilating the identity of someone like yourself. The main characters have different fates but go through proximately identically tantamount. Such as “Richard Cory” where the authentic identity of the man is found at the cessation of the poem, and, “Glass Ceiling” where the narrator mentions the identity of the main character during the poem. In the poem, "Richard Cory" the poet mentions in his piece, "To make us wish that we were in his place. " Where the main character is living the life others wished for and he seemed very blissful about it, but the poem takes a poetic turn, whereas he ends up killing
Modernism is a movement that arose from wide-scale and far-reaching transformations in Western society in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Modernism rejected the certainty of Enlightenment thinking. Modernist poetry refers to poetry written, mainly in Europe and North America, between 1890 and 1950 in the tradition of modernist literature. It is characterized by a self-conscious break with traditional styles of poetry and verse. Modernists experimented with literary expression and form, stick to Ezra Pound 's maxim to “Make it new”.
What is noteworthy about these two authors taken together is not only just the influence of European existentialism on their canon of works, but also the depth of the cultural moments they capture in their art in novels such as The Great Gatsby and An American Dream, moments that reflect the growing influence of European existentialisms in American culture. For Fitzgerald, the historic moment of Gatsby—the postwar Jazz Age—reflects the foremost strain of cultural discourse, which focused on the applicability of Friedrich Nietzsche’s philosophies of modern civilization and the modern individual to American concerns and
Stevens took over some of the natural principles of Transcendentalism and advanced them in his poem “The Idea of Order at Key West”, where his inclination to aesthetic meditation and transformative power of one’s imagination on different aspects of natural, physic world are presented. As Harold Bloom says “ The alliance between naturalism and a visionary faculty is not an easy one to understand” because the author introduces the discrepancy between reality and perception. One possible implication of this is that he tries to present the ordering power of art by imagining what the idea of order is and what we need to know in order to easily recognize the right order. However, we cannot see the woman or hear her the lyrics of her song, but in a certain way we can experience the speaker’s transformation. The woman’s precision in th flow of her song, her measures ans meters expose the song’s law just as the sea’s cries are nature’s law,
The novel ‘The Great Gatsby’ (1925) by F.Scott Fitzgerald and the sonnet sequence ‘Sonnets from the Portuguese (1850) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning are products of the context they were composed, showing the values and challenges of the age. Both explore through the relationships of the characters the transformative powers of love. Also are a critique and contest the ways of thinking in the society of which they were composed. Within the conservative structure of Victorian England and her the strict isolation she lived in, Browning’ sonnet sequence explores the ideals of love and its transformative powers. The autobiographical sonnet form conveys the evolving emotions of intense love to disbelief, doubt, to contentment and mutual love towards
Among the Fireside poets, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is regarded as one of the most illustrious writers during the 19th century. In his compositions, “The Tide Rises the Tide Falls” and “The Song of Hiawatha”, we can discern several colloquial and innovative facets of the American Renaissance era. Moreover, unique components arose and assembled a superlative part in poetry. The blend of natural beauty, as well as a minute quantity of gothic and grotesque elements, were introduced and implemented in this western and national way of writing. Indeed, Longfellow remarks the most important element of this type new contrivance of literature, which is the notability and dependence of nature.
Langston Hughes, and Walt Whitman have wrote several poems over America, for example “Montage of a Dream Deferred” and The Negro Speaks of Rivers, Walt’s: “O Captain! My Captain! “A Clear Midnight” , including the two the essay is over. Although these poem’s shares the same style and same meaning the of the poems is vastly different. I hear America is an example of him giving honor to those who are living their lives to make America a better place.