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American War Literature 1914 to Vietnam by Jeffrey Walsh (auth.)

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The iambic pentameter and regular rhyme scheme complement the literary tonalities of the poem, and construct its studied and rather grandiloquent manner. The unearned resonances of heroic sacrifice intended by Seeger's traditional formulation parallel the glorification of passive suffering that also comprises the subject matter of Joyce Kilmer's work. Joyce Kilmer, a convert to Catholicism, and formerly a journalist with the New York Times, had published Summer Love, Trees and The Circus and Other Essays before his war poems were written and before his heroic death turned him into a cult figure.

The narrative of A Farewell to Arms articulates a modernist vision of collapse; as did Gide, Kafka, Musil, Lawrence, Yeats and Eliot, Hemingway structured his work upon a dislocation of sensibility. Frederick Henry, his most celebrated hero, Two Modernist War Novels 51 embodies the manner in which settled ways of living are overturned to be replaced by disaffiliation and rootlessness.

Characterisation in The Enormous Room is multiform, because Cummings's persona delights in rampant and avantgarde subjectivism. The patchwork effect generated by his mosaics of imagery and verbal texturing shows affinity with the style of Cubist painting. Characters, fluidly conceived in shaped movement, are mythologised through the hero's attempt to suggest their inner spiritual rhythms. Celina Tek exemplifies the complicated optics of Cummings's prose, its Two Modernist War Novels 45 bold lyricism and excess, its commitment to creative pandemonium, its regenerative thrust towards social vision: Celina Tek was an extraordinarily beautiful animal.

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