Looking Back At The Initiation Of Modernism In Poetry

The Modernist trend in English Literature began in the 20th. Century and was catapulted by World War I that had engulfed Europe in a cloud of cultural shock and had ravaged nations through the time period of 1914-1918. The first and the second wars had left the nation in a state of paralysis and there was a massive change in the way the world was perceived. Writers started introducing the concept of individualism in their works that was earlier discouraged in the Victorian Era since they were majorly preoccupied with Nature and Romanticism. The Modernist preoccupation leaned towards the realization of the inner self and the stream of consciousness, which are found in the works of many novelists and poets of this Era. There developed a tendency to highlight the gradual decay and alienation of individuals and this trend owed its origin to the ravages of the war.

Subjects of Modernist Poetry:
Poetry is the window through which writers have often vented their opinions and this was the time when poets began revolutionizing their work to a new level of creative genre. The works of that time dealt with the subject of alienation but they were neither abstract nor vague. They talked about the prevalent state of affairs in the 20th century; the hollowness, the decay, the trauma, the sense of irreplaceable loss and disdain.

What Ruled The Scenes?
Imagism was the beginning of the Modernist trend in English poetry. Imagist poetry was quite like the French Symbolism. This genre brought about a sharp decline in the dream-like qualities of Pastoral poems. There was a distinct directness in the structure with short, blunt, unrhymed sentences, and hardly any use of ornamentation. There prevailed a sense of urgency in the style of writing poems, quite like the days of metaphysical poetry; the theme of time running out and the direct provocation to seize the moment. More verbose and lesser details, this genre seemed to merge poetry and natural language. With this freedom in structure and language, poets found limitless potential in subject and content. Ezra Pound was one such poet who brought down the escalated language of poetry to sound closer to its direct meaning. The high-handedness of poetry had begun to lose its splendour.

T.S. Eliot And His Vision Of The World
T.S. Eliot was highly influenced by Ezra Pound and he has produced some of the greatest works of art in the 20th Century. His conversational style, easy language that seemed direct, yet hid several layers of meanings underneath, is revered till date. This also marked the true essence of Modernist Poetry which was more about hidden truths than elaborate praise. His celebrated work of all times, The Wasteland, is a classic example of Modernism, marked by allusions, imagery, stripping down to simplicity and the fragmentation of language, that form the basis of the modernist streak. There is an obsession with the self and ego and the pathways leading to truth.
The Modernist Age of Poetry was the stepping stone towards realizing the latent potential of verse. That poetry need not enslaved by structure and language, was the most incredible discovery of this genre.

Is this an Irish Poem?

Figments Of Broken Dreams

Through cold November nights
Like long lost days of spring;
Of bright meadows, of emerald green,
A faintly remembered face comes visiting.
Through piles of laundry and firewood
When she lies down to catch a breath
Old murmurs rustle in with the wind,
The peals of laughter when they met.
To dream of the visions that come haunting
Of days and nights and years without him.

More than a decade has passed by
Faces streaked with tears, dried, ashen and wet
Blood-stained faces that weep, that wept.
Through storms, winds and the bloody sky,
The familiar faces come haunting by,
Looking for love and remembrance
While a young girl looks over a wooden fence
Waiting for her mother to bring more firewood.
For fire they must build, as large as they could;
And through rain-beaten pathways, she brings in the wood.

Those eyes that shone, now dimmed and bleak,
Watch them eat the bread hungrily
While the fire flickers and warms their clammy feet;
The fire that sings of old times and dances merrily.
Of red wine and brides and merry bands,
Of hymns and notes and Celtic sands
Of tufted greens and fields of corn
Of happier days, now washed and gone.
Two pairs of eyes now live through the woods
Whispering, walking, carrying, as fast as they could.

Rain-washed August would bring the berries along
Yellow-haired young maids and their sweet songs
Rushing through fields of yellow hay
Hurrying and scurrying before the skies turn grey
With baskets full of ripened flesh
And aprons lined with a purple mess.
Who goes to the fields now, when the rains are done?
Who picks the berries under the short-lived sun?
They care not for the purple preserves and fields of corn
For it brings back thoughts of the ones dead and gone.

Where the grass was dewy and soft to touch,
Where the bluest mountains kissed the turquoise skies,
There is no dew, it hasn’t rained much
Only dead leaves drift in, bringing along bugs and flies.
The woods are dark and they have tasks to do
For whispers, faces, memories, the wind brings along
The grief of olden days that they cannot undo
Of a golden voice that sang a merry song.
The flute that lies broken and sad
Sings to itself of the glorious days that they once had.

Through darkness, despair and broken dreams,
Lost love, lost ways and withered greens,
They live their lives of untold sorrow,
And weave figments of a merrier tomorrow.
Through sun-kissed corn may her daughter run free
May she smile through the veil of the dying sun
May they rest their aching backs under the autumnal trees
Their yellows and reds splattered by the wind wanton.
May the dead faces in sorrow never return
But only to live in happier dreams for seven lifetimes and one.

Death is but a state of immovability. The faces that have left us live along, filling us with varying intensities of emotion. This Irish mother and daughter duo have witnessed the savagery of time but they hope to overcome their misery and lead better lives in the land of roses, dandelions and cornfields galore.

William Butler Yeats

The Poetry foundation website produces a very good and insightful article into the life of William Butler Yeats (1865–1939) writing about his own personal conflicts and ideological contradictions in order to engage the full complexity of his life.
The article goes on to discuss “On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Yeats’s birth, the editors celebrate the man and the myth by looking back at his long and varied career, with samples from our poetry archive, with thoughts on his romantic beginnings, the era of Irish Folklore and Revivalism and the third stage in his writing which they term “A Dramatic Shift” looking at the different approach to his Romanticism writing.

Of course Yeats didn’t just write about love and romantic topics. He also looked at the rise of Irish nationalism through poems such as Easter, but tempers this through others such as An Irish airman foresees his death.

Regardless of his regrets about getting old, Yeats kept on composing and distribute at a surprising pace in his 60s and 70s and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1923. At the time of his death in 1939, Yeats was not only a national favourite in Ireland but also a major literary figure around the world.

Scottish boy names

May I take this chance to welcome you to read this inciting piece of writing, in respect to Scottish baby names! Scottish baby names reflect on a number of issues such as innovativeness, creativity, adventurousness as well as kindness. The baby names are a mere reflection what other kids and gown ups would love to see as well as hear. Scottish names bring to our mind attractive vistas of green and crystal blue waters in the majestic mountains, and the distinctive accent. Scotland is a very beautiful place and so are the names. Lots of baby names are there; here we are going to list some of the most popular ones from Scotland.
There is no wonder baby names from Scotland are considered bastions of strength! Think naming your small one Blair or Campbell, or Forrester. All these names are quite popular as the clan names in Scotland and make amazing baby names. Maybe, it is the place you have visited and fallen in love with, and perhaps it reflects the place where you’ve the family ties. It can be something about culture and prevalent religion that strike the chord. Or maybe you just like the name sound and a way accents come from your tongue.
A great number of baby names have incredible information on morality. What’s more, the names given to some babies are reflection to what they love doing. I guess some names have great moral lessons are involved in them. Please see and enjoy the names below.
Top names for Scottish people are as follows Isla, Hamish, Gavin, Eslpeth , Mackenzie, Blaine, Clyde, Anderson, Ina, Kenzi, Beth, Allister, so what are you waiting for, go and name your baby and enjoy their growing up.