Ezra Pound and his influence on modernism Ezra Weston Loomis Pound was an emigrant American poet and critic who was a key figure of the early modernist movement. Pound promoted, and also sporadically helped to shape, the work of different poets and novelists such as William Butler Yeats, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, D.H. Lawrence, Robert Frost, and T.S. Eliot. His influence on poetry began with his development of “Imagism”, a movement stressing clarity, carefulness and conciseness of language. Modernism is a movement that arose from wide-scale and far-reaching transformations in Western society in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Literary, of course, was one of them. We call this movement of art Romanticism. Romanticism is an artistic, literary, musical movement that originated in Europe from the end of 18th century and lasted about 50years. Furthermore there were some changes also in America. After the War of 1812, as New York became more popular city, establishing new railroads and canals, a huge number of Europeans immigrants came to NY, America.
The Early modern period is the time between the late 16th century and the early 18th century, coinciding with the end of the Elizabethan era, considered the 'golden age ' of England, and the beginning of the Jacobean era. During the reign of the Tudor dynasty, England was characterized by the expansion of poetry, literature and new social construction by virtue of literary works of William Shakespeare, Edmund Spenser, Christopher Marlowe, and, few decades later, poets like George Herbert and John Milton. In their era, the English Rennasaince, was present neoplatonic thought called the Great Chain of Being. This conception of the universe states that the universe has the highest ammount of different species, those species and forms share at least one feature with the closest one to them and they vary
Romanticism was a movement in the 18th century that was a response to the Enlightenment, which was the movement that stated that everything should be based on facts and reason (Ziegenfus, 2017). Romanticism stated that feelings and emotions are just as important as reason and logic in understanding everything in the world (Romanticism Movement, n.d.). Romanticism strongly affected the writings of Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson and can be seen in the poems “A Sight in Camp in the Daybreak Gray and Dim” (Whitman, 1867), “O Me! O Life!” (Whitman, 1867), and “Tell all the truth but tell it Slant” (Dickinson, n.d.). “A Sight in Camp in the Daybreak Gray and Dim” was written by Walt Whitman during the Civil War around 1861 (Norman and Allen, 2017).
Lebanese University Faculty of Letters-Branch II English Literature & Language Department Romanticism and James Joyce in A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man Prepared by Tracy Chamoun Submitted in partial fulfillment of Modern Novel course Dr. May Maalouf Fanar, Fall 2016-2017 0. Literature Review: Modernism, a period in English literature, which spread from almost the beginning of the twentieth century up till 1965; this period was considered revolutionary due to Modernists writer’s love for experimentation and individualism. Various critics have claimed that Modernism has its roots in some Romantic ideologies since many of the themes picked up by Modernist writers have been discussed before in Romanticism. Nevertheless, other critics discussed how Modernist authors attempt to reject some of the Romantic views; for example Modernists care little for Nature, Being, or overarching structures of history. Cristina Flores Moreno considers that Joyce as a Modernist was never fully against Romanticism instead she felt as though Joyce had abandoned Romanticism for modernism as he matured.
Around the 18th century in Western Europe, a new way of thinking and writing emerged. This period, called the Enlightenment, created many works of literature that expressed the ideas society there had at them time. One of the most popular works from the Enlightenment was Jonathon Swift’s A Modest Proposal. He encompassed many of the Enlightenment’s philosophies in both a captivating and correct to the time way. Probably one of the most known ideas of the Enlightenment was a distrust of emotion.
“Frankenstein” is a Gothic Romantic book published in London 1818. It portrays many characteristics of the Romanticism period which carried the most influence in the early 1800s. This book also shows the common means of transportation of society in the year it was published, and various activities people would indulge in their leisure time during 1818. “Frankenstein” portrays numerous characteristics of the Romanticism period, which was a movement that virtually swept through every country of Europe, The United States, and Latin America, (The Romantic Era). The pinnacle of Romanticism lasted from about 1750 to 1870 (The Romantic Era), during which the “Frankenstein” was published in London 1818, causing “Frankenstein” to be heavily influenced
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.
Setting out to reclaim his Americanness, Irving proclaimed his love for his country […].“ (Norton Anthology 468) 3. Characteristics of Romantic Literature Romanticism in America can be determined by the time after the War of 1802 (1802-1805) and through the Civil War (1861-1865). By defeating Britain, a vast feeling of nationalism was formed throughout the population of America and thus motivated many writers to express their emotions of American nationalism, creating literature that tried to distinct itself from European traditions, instead shaped by “[…] radical individualism and a total commitment to social reform, religious freethinking and the most conventional pieties, artistic experiment and self-conscious imitation.“ (Habich 3) It was a time of “increased readership, availability of print materials and, very important, evolution of critical opinion.“ (Habich 6) 4.1 Historical
T.S. Eliot is a worldwide famous poet, an American modernist, and the winner of the 1894 Nobel Prize in Literature. Eliot changed the existing order in English literature. His poetry and literary criticism changed the literary interests of the whole generation. Through his poems, he forces people to know the history of the development of English poetry and to look at the seventeenth-century England with a new vision of Romanticism.