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Confusion or Understanding That All Depends Modern art can either bring unity and coherence into a fragmented modern world by introducing something that other human institutions fail to do or it can present tragedy and suffering in an unforgiving light adding more confusion to the situation Modernist writers like WH Auden seemed to try to uphold the idea that works of art can and should provide unity coherence and meaning Yet with the evolvement of modernism in the 1930s and 1940s Dylan Thomas tended to present tragic situations in his poems often giving way to more disjoint and uncertainty As major figures in the progressive modernization of literature both Auden and Thomas moved away from apparent objectivity a theme once standardized by previous literary figures and toward subjectivity While other writers of the era conveyed modern ideas in form and style such as William Faulkners multiple narrators and stream-of-consciousness format displayed in The Sound and Fury Thomas and Auden radiated modern thought through their ideas and subject matter Both Thomass The Hunchback in the Park and Audens Musee des Beaux Arts send a clear message to the reader that art can exist in the modern world however for each poet it exists in two entirely different manners For Thomas modern art moves away from plain objectivity and towards impressionism and subjectivity often leaving the reader engrossed in confusion and disjoint In contrast Audens idea of art in the modern world surfaces as an attempt to bring unity and coherence into an otherwise fragmented suffering modern world It is all too common for modern literary works from the 1930s and 1940s to exude human suffering and Thomass The Hunchback in the Park is no different Thomas opens a window into one mans world letting the reader get a glimpse of a hunchbacks daily life living chained in a park Thomas describes the hunchback as a solitary misterdrinking water from the chained cup that the children filled
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