POETRY_AND_ART_.docx - Webquest Comparing Modern Art and Literature Submit your answers to Turnitin.com Use MLA documentation to cite evidence from

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Webquest: Comparing Modern Art and Literature Submit your answers to Turnitin.com. Use MLA documentation to cite evidence from sources. INTRODUCTION Prompted by fundamental and far-reaching historical, social, cultural, and economic changes in the early 1900s, art and literature took a drastic leap in a different direction from any other time period. These changes transformed the world from one that seemed ordered and stable to one that felt futile and chaotic. Modernist art and poetry often is difficult for students to analyze and understand. A primary reason students feel a bit disoriented when reading a modernist poem or viewing a modernist piece is that the speaker or artist himself is uncertain about his own existence. Indeed, the speaker of modernist poems characteristically wrestles with the fundamental question of “self,” often feeling fragmented and alienated from the world around him. In other words, a coherent speaker with a clear sense of himself/herself is hard to find in modernist poetry. ACTIVITY 1. MODERNIST ART An effective way to think about the modernist subject and corresponding individual feelings of fragmentation and alienation is to examine avant-garde paintings from the same period. We are going to look at a 1913 art exhibition and a 1915 poem. 1. Look at the following chart to review your understanding of the Modernist period: Pre-Modern World (e.g., Romantic, Victorian Periods) Modern World (early 20th century) Order Chaos Meaningful Futile Optimistic Pessimistic
Stable Unstable Faith Loss of Faith Morality/Values Collapse of Morality/Values Clear Sense of Identity Confused Sense of Identity and Place in World 2. Digest the information on each of the following links: View the BBC video “The Armory Show : The Art Exhibition that Shocked the US in 1913” Browse primary source documents related to the Armory Show: American Painters and Sculptors Statement Overhead Installation View of the Gallery

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