Term Paper: WWI and Literature World War

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[. . .] This realism marked most important literary pieces produced during and immediately after the Great War. Hemingway's war poems indicate the fact that he seriously thought about war and its futility. Some of the best war stories of this time include "In Another Country," "Now I Lay Me," and "A Way You'll Never Be."

But apart from people like Hemingway, American literature did not produce any significant war poets and/or verses that could show clear effects of WWI. Though there were vast number of verses created during this period, the quality was rather inferior as Harvey (1993) writes: "...more than 99 per cent of First World War poetry is not very impressive, and if 99.9 per cent of First World War poets were not as good as Wilfred Owen or Isaac Rosenberg."

WWI though had a serious impact on American literature of the time; still most of the fiction and poems produced during and immediately after the war were soon forgotten. Only few writers and poets stayed in picture after the war hysteria died down. But WWI had long lasting effects on American literature of later years, as realism became the most sought after style and theme.


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Granville Hicks, The Great Tradition: An Interpretation of American Literature since the Civil War. Publisher: Biblo and Tannen. Place of Publication: New York. Publication Year: 1967.

Cowley, Malcolm. "Hemingway's Wound -- And Its Consequences for American Literature." The Georgia Review Summer 1984: 223-39.

Suzanne Raitt, Trudi Tate, Women's Fiction and the Great War. Publisher: Clarendon Press. Place of Publication: Oxford. Publication Year: 1997

Jane Potter, 'A great purifier': The Great… [END OF PREVIEW]

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