Modernist Poetry Flashcards

Modernist Poetry Flashcards
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Miniver Cheevy by E.A. Robinson
In this Modern poem, Robinson makes use of a traditional rhyme scheme as well as a specific meter. This sets it apart from much of the rest of Modern poetry.
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What Lips My Lips Have Kissed by Edna St. Vincent Millay
In this sonnet, the narrator considers her many lovers. It shocked readers because the writer and her narrator were both women.
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Deacon Taylor By Edgar Lee Masters
In this poem, a church official who supported prohibition dies from drinking too much as an alcoholic. He kept this a secret from everyone around him.
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Amanda Barker by Edgar Lee Masters
A poem about a woman whose husband impregnated her even though he knew it would kill her. No one else knows he did this, showing that you can't know people's secrets.
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9 by e.e. cummings
This poem contrasts the naturalness of love with the unnatural function of clocks and the way that they track time.
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E.A. Robinson
A poet who played an important role in beginning the Modern poetry movement. He simplified poetic language in his work and avoided flowery descriptions.
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Modernist Poetry
This style of poetry arose from the fallout of World War I. This resulted in pessimistic poems that were much more depressing than the poetry that had been created in the 1800s.
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Flashcard Content Overview

This set of flashcards can help you go over Modernist poetry and the style that characterizes these poems. You'll be able to review Imagism and confessional poetry. Poets such as Sylvia Plath and E.A. Robinson will be covered. Additionally, you can access cards that focus on the following Modernist poems:

  • 9
  • Autumn
  • Richard Cory
  • Miniver Cheevy
  • What Lips My Lips Have Kissed
  • Deacon Taylor
  • Amanda Barker
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Modernist Poetry
This style of poetry arose from the fallout of World War I. This resulted in pessimistic poems that were much more depressing than the poetry that had been created in the 1800s.
E.A. Robinson
A poet who played an important role in beginning the Modern poetry movement. He simplified poetic language in his work and avoided flowery descriptions.
9 by e.e. cummings
This poem contrasts the naturalness of love with the unnatural function of clocks and the way that they track time.
Amanda Barker by Edgar Lee Masters
A poem about a woman whose husband impregnated her even though he knew it would kill her. No one else knows he did this, showing that you can't know people's secrets.
Deacon Taylor By Edgar Lee Masters
In this poem, a church official who supported prohibition dies from drinking too much as an alcoholic. He kept this a secret from everyone around him.
What Lips My Lips Have Kissed by Edna St. Vincent Millay
In this sonnet, the narrator considers her many lovers. It shocked readers because the writer and her narrator were both women.
Miniver Cheevy by E.A. Robinson
In this Modern poem, Robinson makes use of a traditional rhyme scheme as well as a specific meter. This sets it apart from much of the rest of Modern poetry.
Richard Cory by E.A. Robinson
Robinson uses standard rhymes and meter in this Modern poem to describe a guy who seems to have a great life before he goes home and kills himself in a surprise twist.
Sylvia Plath
She pioneered confessional poetry and became one of the most famous poets to use this style, which focused on subject matter that was very personal.
Autumn by Amy Lowell
A poem in the Imagism style that carefully makes use of each word to describe leafs falling onto water.
Imagism: Rules

Direct words should be used in the poem

Poets should only use the words they need to

New rhythms should be employed

Imagism
In this type of poetry, you would focus on using clear words to paint a picture of specific images.
Allusion
A literary process that involves referencing another work of some kind in your writing.
Modernist Poetry: Style
You can often identify these poems by their plain language, pessimism and focus on everyday items.

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