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…-historical-context-an… 1/5Modernist Poetry Analysis Essay Basedon the Concept of Invention, theCultural-historical Context and Its PoetsModernist poetry has many distinct characteristics, these characteristicsincludeinvention. The word “invent” has quite an ambiguous meaning. Guy Rotellastatesthat for modernist poets the word ‘invent’ means to “to create or constructbyoriginal thought or ingenuity; or, to contrive something false or }ctitious, tofabricate, feign, or make up”. In other words, it can mean to discoversomethingthat is already there or to create something new, like }ction. He also arguesthat:“both current senses of ‘invent’ locate the meaning in men and women, butwithdifferent emphases. The }rst de}nition is con}dent, even celebratory:liberatedfrom the tyranny of the absolute, we become creators ourselves, free tomakemultiple truths. The second de}nition is marked by fear: without guaranteeof anabsolute, our creations may be mere contrivances, ungrounded impositionsof willor desire. Modern and postmodern American poets react to these matters inavariety of ways, anxious or otherwise. In doing so they continue to turn tonature toaddress their epistemological and esthetic questions”.This statement basically one of the main features of modernist poetry. Thisanxiousness that Rotella speaks of is the poets’ worries and fear of their“impositions of will or desire”. In other words, they fear that they areprojectingtheir own subjective ideas on reality. This is one thing to keep in mind. Thepoetryanalysis essay will be discussing }ve poems, all from Robert Frost, WallaceStevens
and William Carlos Williams. The essay will argue that these }ve poemsoperate asmodernist poetry based on this concept of invention, the cultural-historiccontextand its poets.The }rst poem in this poetry analysis is from Robert Frost called “Mowing”.Thissonnet was }rst published in 1913, which was a year before the }rst WorldWarstarted. It is important to note that Frost believed that “poetry is identicalwithmetaphor”. Therefore, his poems must be read with a metaphorical mindset.Frostcan also be read in different ways. The poem’s title, “Mowing”, already givesyou aninstant image of someone mowing something. The question is, does thepoem’stheme stick by the title? Frost starts the poem of with an image of a woodthat wassilent, apart from one sound. This sound is coming from a scythe, which issomething used for mowing grass. Frost does not describe the sound of thescytheas one normally would, he describes it as “whispering to the ground”.Although, it isprobably normal for Frost, because it is as I mentioned earlier, he sees poetryasmetaphors. We can assume that the scythe is whispering because the woodsare

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