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Make it new said Ezra Pound What was new in Modernist poetry Modernism was a complex movement including many unique and varied features in its odd period of development in European and American writers Broadly and retrospectively four features were common experimentation anti-realism intellectualism and individualism although excellent Modernist poets can be found that only partly fulfil these requirements As well as Ezra Pound many poets and other writers came to light including TS Elliot Joyce Yeats and Lawrence Two excellent examples of Modernist poets include DH Lawrence with poems such as Snake and A Woman and her Dead Husband and TS Elliot including poems like The Hollow Men and The Hippopotamus Taking Modernisms manipulation of intellectualism as the first point of investigation a typical poem may include tentative analytical and fragmentary work for example posing questions with the poets opinion on the matter rather than answering them with the accepted norm Fragmentation also works as a rejection of Realism due to the use of a stream of consciousness style of composition Here we go round the prickly pear Prickly pear prickly pear Here we go round the prickly pear At five o clock in the morning Stream of consciousness is essentially a narrative technique in which a writer presents directly the uninterrupted flow of a characters thoughts impressions and feelings without the conventional devices of dialogue punctuation and description Leading exponents of stream of consciousness have included the novelists Virginia Woolf James Joyce and William Faulkner In narrative literature Molly Blooms soliloquy in Joyces Ulysses is a good example of the technique As well as the prickly pear stanza stream of consciousness is further demonstrated in The Hollow Men throughout the rest of the final verse with a severe lack of punctuation in fact from the beginning of stanza two of verse five all the way through to the end of the poem there is not one
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