Eliot & Woolf Modernism Research Paper

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Modernism: A New Dispensation Modernism is, according to the Academy of American Poet’s explanation, “a new dispensation,” meaning a new set of rules that will make a fundamental change that many European writers came up with after the First World War. This definition was declared by the famous modernist and my reason to interest in modernism, Virginia Woolf. In my opinion, it can be argued that modernism was not only an idea of change but also an effective way an author writes and views a subject. I say this because I think that though modernism seemed to be just a simple change, it created new ways to approach a technique that all writers might be familiar with. This is important since this idea influenced and helped the writers of the future creating writings with modernistic characteristics mentioned by the two well-known modernists, Virginia Woolf and T.S. Eliot. Woolf shares her thoughts on modernism through her essay by explaining how a fiction should be written with modernistic ways like a spiritualist in her essay, “Modern Fiction.” While Woolf focused on that, T.S. Eliot wrote his works using not only modernistic views but also with his creative literary styles and languages in his essay, “Tradition and Individual Talents,” and his famous collection of poems, The Waste Land. Both of these writers might seem like they had different ideas, but they both elaborated on new methods that makes one’s work modernistic, making the future bright for their descendants and followers. When reading “Modern Fiction,” I noticed that Woolf explains her way of defining ways to create a good fiction modernistically while she points out what makes a bad fictional writing as well. Being one of England’s famous authors of her time period, between World War I and World War II (Encyclopedia of World Biography. 2nd ed. Vol. 16.), Woolf emphasizes that there are three
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