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A Pretty How Town

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At one point or another in one’s lifetime, people let go one thing to try and move on to something bigger and better, whether it’s a new job or new way of life. In its entirety, modernism is similar. It can be defined as moving away from the traditional creations and activities towards news tasks formed by the individualism and freedom within a man or woman. For instance, in the poem “One Art” by Elizabeth Bishop, the speaker eventually moves on from his previous set of ideas to something new. Similarly, in “anyone lived in a pretty how town” by E.E. Cummings, the main character doesn’t feel comfortable with the repetitious structure of the society he’s placed in. This leads the main character to form his own opinion, uncommon to his society,…show more content…
This repetitious message throughout the poem implies that losing someone or something isn’t a “disaster”, but it is something very common and something everyone should accept in life and society. However, in the last stanza, the speaker changes his belief by acting on emotion. The speaker had lost a loved one and unlike the previous possessions he had lost, he could not get over this one. He still thinks about this person to current day, “Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture I love) I shan’t have lied.” This reveals that the author Elizabeth Bishop may have had the same situation in her life as she always held the belief that losing something wasn’t very depressing with the exception of losing a loved one in her father. In the current day, however, this set of ideas still exist. When a person loses a pair of headphones, they don’t get too upset over it as it can be replaced imminently, however, when a person loses a loved one, they will likely never forget about them. This idea behind losing hasn’t changed and will likely not change in the…show more content…
The poem mentions that God will come down to save the world from dying while Satan leaves the world, however, modernism always rejected religion, so mention God and Satan went against the norm of society in that time period. In the current day, however, religion is widely accepted in poetry unlike before. The poem also discussed an imaginary love story as it relates to the author, Sylvia Plath, as she wrote this poem after she fell into depression due to her husband cheating on her. Throughout all these poems from modernism, love and death seem to stand out as two big reoccurring themes. Each poem mentioned losing a loved one in shape or another which brings up the question, why did these authors these poems detailing their lives instead of keeping it
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