Modernist Style

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Modernist Style
There is no one thing that makes a
piece of writing “modern;” most
modernist literature does share some
defining feature.
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Modernism
Modernism represented
the struggle that many
had with the way that
new ideas and discoveries
challenged their previous
lives during a time when
tradition didn't seem so
important anymore.
Ezra Pound
F. Scott Fitzgerald
T.S. Eliot
Features of modernism
• Non traditional subject matter and themes
• A focus on alienated individuals rather than
heroes
• Use of understatement or irony to reveal
emotions and ideas
• Use of symbols and images to suggest
meaning
• Experimentation with style, language, and
point of view
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