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СРС № 10
Task: To reveal features of the early 20th century English Literature.
Literature: D. Jones p 217-228
Twentieth century literature was in contrast with Victorian literature. There is an
impact of imperialism that we find in Rudyard Kipling's works etc. Another factor is Social
Unrest because of the sudden Reformation in every factor of life that is quite dangerous for
human beings. Two World Wars that made a great effect on literature.
For many, humankind was entering upon an unprecedented era. H.G. Wells’s utopian
studies, the aptly titled Anticipations of the Reaction of Mechanical and Scientific Progress
upon Human Life and Thought (1901) and A Modern Utopia (1905), both captured and
qualified this optimistic mood and gave expression to a common conviction that science and
technology would transform the world in the century ahead.
The Twentieth century writing is highly self-reflexive and poems written during this
time were much shorter and relied more heavily on free verse. Additionally, many poets
used the theory of imagism in their writing, which involved concise language and sought to
capture various images.
Among the English poets of the Modern Period, two of the most prolific were not
English-born writers. T.S. Eliot was an American-born British poet who is often considered
one of the most influential poets of the 20th century.
Novels at that time focus on man in his social circle to man as an isolated individual.
This change emphasized the thought processes and unconscious impulses of man. One
writer who encompassed both Victorian and Modernist ideals was E.M. Forster. He was also
talking about Escapism. While many of his works discussed class and hierarchy in social
status, he also displayed an interest in individual values. His two most well known works are
A Room with A View (1908) and A Passage to India (1924).
This particular time we find that a lot of war poets are there who write a poem about
war. Twentieth century literature is about individualism, stream of consciousness, to read
against power and religion, science fiction, short stories about class distinction, about
workers etc.