Modernism Alexa vivona, Aaron Flores, Baturay Genc, & Hope Sweeney

Modernism- Is a broad topic of the Arts and Philosophies.

Modernist- Someone who supports and associates themselves the arts

History of Modernism

Modernism originated in the late 19th century to the early 20th century in Europe. This was short lived during that period of time. Modern industrialists created cities for many people to live and work in. Modernism was brought back during the World War One era because of the tumultuous time. Modernism is focused of the individual and what he or she creates.

Mordernism in the Arts

This is an example of a modernist painting done by Dutch modern painter, Piet Mondrian (1872- 1944). (Credit

The painting done by Claude Monet called "At Dusk-San Giorgio Maggiore" (1908-1912) is another example of modern art. (Credit- The Guardian)

Modernism in the Written Word

Silvia Plath at Smith College (Daily Mail) E.E. Cummings ( T.S. Elliot (New Directions Publishing) Ernest Hemingway (NPR)

Silvia Plath was a well known poet and published author. She had written many books including The Bell Jar, Ariel, and Crossing the water. Silvia Plath was a graduate from Smith College an all women's college in Massachusetts. The Bell Jar, is about a women with unconventional ideals about how she wants to live her life and pursue her career but throughout the novel, the women life takes a dark unexpected turn. E.E. Cummings was a well known Poet as well. He wrote I carry your heart with me, and In just-. The first poem is about love and the influence love has had on his life. The second poem is about spring but from a young child's point of view as it is read. T.S. Elliot was a poet, playwright, essayist, and literary critic. He wrote The Wasteland, and Aunt Helen. The first poem is about a bird and a garden and the second poem is about his aunt's passing. Ernest Hemingway was a short story author and journalist. he wrote The Sun Also Rises chronicles and Farewell to Arms. The Sun Also Rises chronicles the meaningless lives of the Lost Generation. Farewell to Arms narrates the tale of an ambulance driver searching for meaning in WWI.

What makes these Authors Modernists?

Writers who have adopted the Modern point of view often did so quite deliberately and self-consciously. Indeed, a central preoccupation of Modernism is with the inner self and consciousness. In contrast to the Romantic world view, the Modernist cares rather little for Nature, Being, or the overarching structures of history. Instead of progress and growth. Modernists are more focused on individualism and the progressive views of ones self, for example not conforming to gender roles as Silvia Plath did by going to Smith College, that was not just a school but also an all girls school, rather then settling down and getting married. Many of these Authors wrote about some form of personal genre, this gave them identities as writers.

Modernism in Music

Mozart was considered a modernist musician and composer. This is because of the way he was able to shape Classical music. He created many symphonies and operas

Jazz was one of the modernist movements in music. it from Slave culture, many whites turned a blind eye to this genre of music because of where it originated. It became popular in the 1920s and 1930s. Miles Davis was a large influence in the Jazz community.

"...remember one thing only: that it's you-nobody else-who determines your destiny and decides your fate. Nobody else can be alive for you; nor can you be alive for anybody else."

— E.E. Cummings


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