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· This period emerged in the late 18th
century as a result of the enlightenment
period (realisation that we are
individuals// a collection of subjects to the
· Wordsworth especially tried to create a
type of writing that valued intuition over
reason.…read more

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These poets believed in filtering human
emotion through the intellectual mind in
order to create art with feeling, empathy
and significance.
· Lyrical ballads were written by poets such
as Colleridge and were described as a
spontaneous overflow of emotion.
· Meter also emerged in importance in
order to add flow and a lyrical quality to
this poetry.…read more

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· Emerged particularly in Europe and North
America between 1890 and 1950.
· It was first defined by Virginia Wolf who
said that poets would no longer accept
having to conform to literary tradition.
· In a world that was developing and
industrializing at a rapid rate, literature
too had to modernize.…read more

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They focused on moving away from the
personal and into making poetry an
intellectual statement.
· They wanted their work to be of mass
significance opposed to a wishy washy
story written in a million stanzas.
· Significant modernist poets include: Sylvia
Plath, T.S.Eliot, Rudyard Kipling and
Thomas Hardy.…read more

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· This movement was essentially the next
· It not only moved away from tradition
thematically but in terms of form and
structure also.
· Poets began using paradox, parody,
fragmentation, questionable narrator
and surreal imagery.…read more

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Both modernist and post-modernist moved to
thinking about the stream of consciousness.
· However, modernism differs in its use of
fragmentation, presentation of the chaotic
nature of life and controversial themes and
subjects to its poetry.
· Post-modernism spans from the post-war
period onwards, only a few significant writers
are Allen Ginsburg, Samuel Beckett and John
Irving.…read more

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