American History And Literature : The Roaring Twenties, The Great Depression, And Wwii

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The early 1900’s (between 1914 and 1945) were an interesting time in both American history and literature. Considering that events such as WWI, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, and WWII had formidable impacts on many people who lived during those parts of the early 20th century; it would be apropos to assume that many writers of that time had major influences in their writing styles out of the various events that occurred during those times. One popular literary movement during this time, however, was modernism; best depicted as a rejection of prior literary trends (mostly realism) that tried to identify the truths that lie within the fractured world that writers lived in; as well as a rejection of past ideals in literary design (Byam 1847). As a result, many writers and poets held different interpretations towards their works, which led to various impacts on the modernist movement. One such writer that helped define the American modernist era was E.E Cummings; with his own personal background, the topics of his poems, and the techniques he ; he was one of the most notable modernist poets and an influential figure of the modernist era. To briefly describe E.E. Cumming’s life; he was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on October 14, 1849 to a traditional Harvard family (Byam 2136). He had graduated from Harvard in 1916 with a Masters in Arts; he used his experiences at Harvard to help define himself as an aspiring poet (Byam 2136). Shortly afterwards, he ended up

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