I’m working on a literature writing question and need an explanation and answer to help me learn.
1-Choose a Romantic poem from the nineteenth century that you intend to rewrite in a way that incorporates typically modernist qualities. For example, William Wordsworthâ€™s â€œI Wandered Lonely as a Cloud,â€
2-, Describe the Romantic poem that you selected. Focus on the language, style, literary elements, and themes of the work.
For example Most of Wordsworthâ€™s poem describes how a â€œcrowdâ€ of daffodils near a lake looked as they fluttered in the breeze. This poem uses formal language, has a fixed rhyme scheme, and employs an even meter. The speaker is very closely linked to the poet, and neither the voice nor the perspective in the piece ever shifts. The work contains a number of similesâ€”one compares the speaker to a lonely cloud, another compares the daffodils to starsâ€”and the flowers are personified to make the descriptions of them more vivid. Thematically speaking, the poem is about how, even long after having seen the flowers, the speaker feels comforted and happy whenever he thinks of their beauty.
3- Do a modernist rewrite.
Â·Capture the cynicism and disappointment many people felt toward outdated nineteenth-century ideas
Â·Focus on the complexities of modern life
Â·Highlight the alienation of the individual in the modern world
Â·Break with past literary traditions and styles
Â·Employ references to diverse cultures, belief systems, and histories
Â·Use experimental language and techniques, such as drawing a distinct line between the poet and the speaker and writing from multiple perspectives and in different voicesWordsworthâ€™s First Stanza
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high oâ€™er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
First Stanza of a Modernist Rewrite of Wordsworth
I stood coldly alone, like a World War I flying ace
Who cruises over the shells of bombed-out towns.
As the black fog cleared, I saw a building,
Ten thousand crumblecracking bricks;
Beside a forsaken hospital, over a glass-strewn street,
Sagging depressed during Tefnutâ€™s shower.
4-In a response of at least two paragraphs, provide an explanation of the steps you took to rewrite the Romantic poem you selected.