Experimentation and the need for Free Verse

Choose one of the defining characteristics of the Modern Period and demonstrate how two of the works we covered in Topic 7 explore the theme/characteristic:

  1. Alienation
  2. Isolation
  3. Inability to Communicate
  4. Fragmentation
  5. Loss/Despair/Hopelessness
  6. Crisis of Faith
  7. Reinterpretation of Myth
  8. Experimentation and the need for Free Verse
  9. Self vs. Society

In your proposal, provide the following:

  1. A paragraph that begins by introducing how the theme/characteristic (i.e., core truths, shift in styles, and/or other characteristics of modernism) you’ve chosen helps define the Modern Period and ends with your working thesis;
  2. A paragraph that introduces the two works you will be using and an explanation of why these works are emblematic of the theme/characteristic you have chosen; and
  3. Two to three secondary sources you will be using, in proper MLA form, with a two-to-three-sentence description of why each source will be useful in your essay.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the
assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the MLA Style Guide

You may only ONLY use 2 from the following. ANd it must be from the following

1. Norton Anthologies

Read the following from the Norton Anthology of American Literature:

  • In a Station in the Metro by Pound
  • A Pact by Pound
  • Helen by H.D.
  • Leda by H.D.
  • The Red Wheelbarrow by Williams
  • Spring and All by Williams
  • The Young Housewife by Williams
  • This Is Just to Say by Williams
  • Anecdote of the Jar by Stevens

Read the following from the Norton Anthology of English Literature:

  • The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by Eliot
  • The Second Coming by Yeats
  • Easter 1916 by Yeats
  • Sailing to Byzantium by Yeats
  • In Memory of W. B. Yeats by Auden
  • Musee des Beaux Arts by Auden
  • 1. Norton Anthologies Read the following from the Norton Anthology of American Literature:
    • The Armadillo by Bishop
    • The Truth the Dead Know by Sexton
    • Lady Lazarus by Plath
    • Waiting for Godot by Beckett

    Read the following from the Norton Anthology of English Literature: