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Graded Assignment

Write Like a Modernist

Over the course of the next several days, you will complete a writing assignment. In the assignment, you will demonstrate your understanding of the tenets of modernist literature by rewriting a Romantic poem in a way that incorporates typically modernist qualities in terms of language, style, literary elements, and themes. The assignment is broken down into four parts.

Part 1: Choose a Romantic Poem

Romantic literature champions the beauty of the world and the inherent goodness of human beings, and Romantic verse is highly structured and
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|When all at once I saw a crowd, |As the black fog cleared, I saw a building, |
|A host, of golden daffodils; |Ten thousand crumblecracking bricks; |
|Beside the lake, beneath the trees, |Beside a forsaken hospital, over a glass-strewn street, |
|Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. |Sagging depressed during Tefnut’s shower. |

Part 4: Briefly Explain Your Modernist Rewrite

In a response of at least two paragraphs, provide an explanation of the steps you took to rewrite the Romantic poem you selected. Your explanation should point out at least three typically modernist qualities in your work with regard to elements such as language, style, literary elements, and themes. Here, as an example, is a brief explanation of the modernist rewrite of the first stanza of Wordsworth’s “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”:

In the first stanza of my rewrite, I tried to drastically change the mood of the poem. I did so by first changing the opening simile, linking the speaker (who is most certainly distinct from myself as the poet) to a World War I flying ace looking down on an empty town devastated by war. This image not only
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