The Impacts Of Victorian Literature And Trends In Modern Literature

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Other arts can achieve a kind of permanent revolution by constantly changing their material media, but literature can never free itself from its traditional medium, words, which have a built in bias towards continuity.
Furthermore, modernism did not affect the whole of literature: some major writers such as Hardy and Kipling were unaffected by it and another historical consideration is that most of the earliest modernist writers were not English. James, Pound and Eliot were American, Wyndham Lewis was half- American; Conrad was Polish; Yeats and Joyce were Irish, as were Wilde and Shaw, who though not modernists were cultural subverters; Ford was half –German. Virginia Woolf was certainly English but she did not share all the values and assumptions
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Trends in Modern Poetry:
Victorian Precursors:
The entire Victorian poetry cannot be condemned for romantic conventionality and lack of adult male intelligence. It cannot be denounced as Pounds does, as a messy, blurry period of eccentricity. The Catholic poets Patmore, Mrs.Maynell, Hopkins and Thompson infused energy in poetry by reinforcing it with metaphysical strand. Their poetry was marked by wit, play of intellect, stress of cerebral muscle. They realized to a considerable extent the limits of individualism, and the need for order and discipline.
The Rhymer’s Club:
The Rhymers' Club was a group of London-based poets founded in 1890 by W. B. Yeats and Ernest Rhys. Originally not much more than a dining club, it shaped anthologies of poetry in 1892 and 1894. Their meeting place was at the London pub ‘Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese’ in Fleet Street and in the 'Domino Room' of the Café
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