Choose one of the defining characteristics of the Modern Period and demonstrate how two of the works we covered in Topic 7 explore the theme/characteristic.

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Choose one of the defining characteristics of the Modern Period and demonstrate how two of the works we covered in Topic 7 explore the theme/characteristic.

Choose one of the defining characteristics of the Modern Period and demonstrate how two of the works we covered in Topic 7 explore the theme/characteristic.

 

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Choose one of the defining characteristics of the Modern Period and demonstrate how two of the works we covered in Topic 7 explore the theme/characteristic:

Alienation

Isolation

Inability to Communicate

Fragmentation

Loss/Despair/Hopelessness

Crisis of Faith

Reinterpretation of Myth

Experimentation and the need for Free Verse

Self vs. Society

In your proposal provide the following:

A paragraph that begins by introducing how the theme/characteristic (i.e. core truths shift in styles and/or other characteristics of modernism) you’ve chosen helps define the Modern Period and ends with your working thesis;

A paragraph that introduces the two works you will be using and an explanation of why these works are emblematic of the theme/characteristic you have chosen; and

Two to three secondary sources you will be using in proper MLA form with a two-to-three sentence description of why each source will be useful in your essay.

The work covered in Topic 7 is:

Read the following from the Norton Anthology of American Literature:

In a Station in the Metro by Pound

A Pact by Pound

Helen by H.D.

Leda by H.D.

The Red Wheelbarrow by Williams

Spring and All by Williams

The Young Housewife by Williams

This Is Just to Say by Williams

Anecdote of the Jar by Stevens

Read the following from the Norton Anthology of English Literature:

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by Eliot

The Second Coming by Yeats

Easter 1916 by Yeats

Sailing to Byzantium by Yeats

In Memory of W. B. Yeats by Auden

Musee des Beaux Arts by Auden