characteristics of modernist poetry

stylistic characteristics
-concerns with formal innovation, formal perception, new, more perfects ways to use language
-attempt to bring out musicality of language
-varied and sophisticated vocab. and extensive use of metaphor, symbol, and analogy

thematic characteristics
-focus on “universal themes”
-preoccupation with finding, uncovering universal harmony
-references to classical figures (ex. free mythology)
-cosmopolitan vision of the world

use of foreign models
many modernista innovations were inspired by European, specially french, models
– Parnassianism (striving for flaunt less workmanship, precise form and emotional detachment)
– symbolism (opposing to naturalism and realism by avoiding direct statement and instead using symbolic language to convey meaning)

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