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Jackson Pollock, "No. 5, 1948"


 Starting with an examination of what modernism is, we’ll look at early modern fiction and Imagism, Early Modernism, and Late Modernism in poetry to get a real picture of what I’m calling the “modernist project” in literature and art.  After that point,  our focus will be more thematic than chronological.  We’ll be taking a look at some of the major motifs that occupy modern literature, specifically alienation, dystopia, class warfare, individualism vs. collectivism, and colonialism — not necessarily in that order!         

Independent Reading and Memorization         

Enjoy both!!  Independent reading can be found here, and memorization can be found in the list below.  NOTE: Most of our memorization will come from the Poetry Out Loud site.  Here are the basic requirements below.  Most of the time, I’ll have you make choices, but sometimes everyone will be required to do the same poem.         

ANNOUNCEMENT: Because of the length of The Fountainhead, independent reading for quarter 3 has been replaced by this novel.

  1. Poem #1: Please choose a poem of FEWER THAN 25 lines from the Poetry Out Loud site.     
  2.  Poem #2: Everyone will memorize the following work, e.e. cummings’ anyone lived in a pretty how town.”     
  3.  Poem #3: Choose a poem of MORE THANTHAN 25 lines from the Poetry Out Loud site.     
  4.  Poem #4: Everyone will memorize at least 25 consecutive lines from T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” OR T.S. Eliot’s “The Hollow Men.”     
  5.  Poem #5: Please choose a poem from the 20th century (or newer) from the Poetry Out Loud site.     
  6.   Poem #6: Please choose a poem from BEFORE the 20th century from the Poetry Out Loud site.     
  7.  Poem #7: Everyone will memorize W. B. Yeats’ poem “The Second Coming as a cheery, happy way to end the year!     

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 Modern Literature Resources for the Media-Minded        
Here is a helpful link to our Modern Literature pretest!  Modern Lit Pretest 2010-2011 .  Use it to help study for the midterm and final! 
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