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Modernism and Modernist writers in general As a concept Modernism it is difficult to define In its broadest definition it refers to not only the changes in literature but also the radical changes remarks in Europe and America before 1914 the Great War In 1910 King Edward died and George V come to throne Some new young poets like Gregorians became successful with their works This time is a transition from Victorian novel to the Modern novel So we cannot exactly separate the authors and their works as they are Victorian or Modern The novels written in this period can be titled in three groups The novels written in old Victorian tradition the other group is the novels that were not significant with their language style and form but actually analysing peoples psychologies and their inner life and contradictions and the third group is that gives more importance to its form and style as well as the characters psychologies their inner life conflicts and their relation to the real world Theme and art are both important The most significant authors of these type novels are James Joyce and Virginia Woolf D H Lawrence suits the second group He is said to be profoundly traditional as well as profoundly modern His earlier work Sons and Lovers is more traditional In Virginia Woolfs works personal experiences forms the whole substance of the novel but for her style it is true to say that she uses mostly the interior monologue and steam of consciousness technique Both stories D H Lawrences Sons and Lovers and Virginia Woolfs To the Lighthouse were written almost at the periods 1913 and 1927 respectively The years 1910-1930 were the richest periods of English Literature History Comparing to seventeenth century and Victorian period DH Lawrence and other authors tended not to reject past but the recent past Mythological antiques inspired them As I said before modernism in English
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