What is the modernist era?
Modernism is a philosophical movement that, along with cultural trends and changes, arose from wide-scale and far-reaching transformations in Western society during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
- Geoffrey Chaucer
- William Shakespeare
- Influence of Petrarch's and Boccaccio's works. Chaucer produced works with much Italian influence after his Italian trip of 1372, whereas works written before his travel demonstrate French influence. Chaucer's stories imitate, among others, his Italian contemporaries Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio.
Literary modernism, or modernist literature, has its origins in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, mainly in Europe and North America, and is characterized by a very self-conscious break with traditional ways of writing, in both poetry and prose fiction.
- A novel is a long, fictional narrative which describes intimate human experiences. The novel in the modern era usually makes use of a literary prose style. The development of the prose novel at this time was encouraged by innovations in printing, and the introduction of cheap paper, in the 15th century.
- The right definition of "modern fiction/poetry" is the definition accepted by your instructor/professor/teacher. As a literary movement-slash-time period, "modern" has a certain meaning that is constantly being discussed and argued about by the scholars and pundits who find these labels useful and meaningful.
- Modernism, in the arts, a radical break with the past and the concurrent search for new forms of expression. Modernism fostered a period of experimentation in the arts from the late 19th to the mid-20th century, particularly in the years following World War I.
Robert Frost was a well-known American modernist poet. Like other modernist poets, he wrote his poems in ways that were new and different when he was writing, at the beginning of the 20th century. But unlike other modernists, Frost also kept some of the traditional aspects of poetry.
- In 1894, he had his first poem, "My Butterfly: an Elegy," published in The Independent, a weekly literary journal based in New York City. With this success, Frost proposed to Elinor, who was attending St. Lawrence University, but she turned him down because she first wanted to finish school.
- “Fire and Ice” is one of Robert Frost's most popular poems. It was published in December 1920 in Harper's Magazine and in 1923 in his Pulitzer Prize−winning book New Hampshire. It discusses the end of the world, likening the elemental force of fire with the emotion of desire, and ice with hate.
- The poem is written in strict iambic pentameter, with 14 lines like a sonnet, and with a terza rima rhyme scheme, which follows the complex pattern, aba bcb cdc dad aa. Terza rima ("third rhyme") was invented by the Italian poet Dante Alighieri for his epic poem The Divine Comedy.
Updated: 2nd October 2019