Modernist Poetry Analysis Essay Based On The Concept Of Invention, The Cultural-Historical Context A

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4/7/2021 Modernist Poetry Analysis Essay Based On The Concept Of Invention, The Cultural-Historical Context And Its Poets: [Essay Example… ; 1/5 Modernist Poetry Analysis Essay Based on the Concept of Invention, the Cultural-historical Context and Its Poets Modernist poetry has many distinct characteristics, these characteristics include invention. The word “invent” has quite an ambiguous meaning. Guy Rotella states that for modernist poets the word ‘invent’ means to “to create or construct by original thought or ingenuity; or, to contrive something false or ±ctitious, to fabricate, feign, or make up”. In other words, it can mean to discover something that is already there or to create something new, like ±ction. He also argues that: “both current senses of ‘invent’ locate the meaning in men and women, but with different emphases. The ±rst de±nition is con±dent, even celebratory: liberated from the tyranny of the absolute, we become creators ourselves, free to make multiple truths. The second de±nition is marked by fear: without guarantee of an absolute, our creations may be mere contrivances, ungrounded impositions of will or desire. Modern and postmodern American poets react to these matters in a variety of ways, anxious or otherwise. In doing so they continue to turn to nature to address their epistemological and esthetic questions”. This statement basically one of the main features of modernist poetry. This anxiousness that Rotella speaks of is the poets’ worries and fear of their “impositions of will or desire”. In other words, they fear that they are projecting their own subjective ideas on reality. This is one thing to keep in mind. The poetry analysis essay will be discussing ±ve poems, all from Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens and William Carlos Williams. The essay will argue that these ±ve poems operate as modernist poetry based on this concept of invention, the cultural-historic context and its poets. The ±rst poem in this poetry analysis is from Robert Frost called “Mowing”. This sonnet was ±rst published in 1913, which was a year before the ±rst World War started. It is important to note that Frost believed that “poetry is identical with metaphor”. Therefore, his poems must be read with a metaphorical mindset. Frost can also be read in different ways. The poem’s title, “Mowing”, already gives you an instant image of someone mowing something. The question is, does the poem’s theme stick by the title? Frost starts the poem of with an image of a wood that was silent, apart from one sound. This sound is coming from a scythe, which is something used for mowing grass. Frost does not describe the sound of the scythe as one normally would, he describes it as “whispering to the ground”. Although, it is probably normal for Frost, because it is as I mentioned earlier, he sees poetry as metaphors. We can assume that the scythe is whispering because the woods are
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