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TS Eliot writes, in the opening of his epic poem "The Wasteland,"

April is the cruelest month, breeding

Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing

Memory and desire, stirring

Dull roots with spring rain.

Winter kept us warm, covering

Earth in forgetful snow, feeding

A little life with dead tubers. (1-7)

Traditionally, Spring has been viewed as a positive event in life, when nature wakes up from winter's slumber.

However, in this Modernist poem, April, the month when Spring takes full hold, is called the "cruelest month."

Why? Please explain why in the context of the important literary movement of Modernism.

Please use your textbook or a credible literary source to first define the Literary Modernismof the early 20th century.

As always, write your answer as a complete academic essay in MLA format with the body paragraphs grounded in our paragraph plan.

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Explanation & Answer



1. Definition of literary modernism of the early 20th century
2. Analyzing the first stanza of the poem wasteland in relation to its themes
death, rebirth and resurrection.
3. Discussing why April is referred to as the cruelest month though it spring
time in the context of the literary movement of modernism


The Waste land
The literary modernism of the early 20th centuries is characterized by a self-conscious to
remove the traditional ways of writing in both prose fiction and poetry. The modernist
experimented with literary form and made it new. Modernist literature was geared by a desire to
overturn and change traditional modes of representation and express unique things of their time.
T. S. Eliot's one of the modernist with his work the wasteland was very reflective, self-aware and
dug into the darker aspects of human nature. It talks about the cultural and psychological crisis
that came with a loss of cultural and moral identity after World War 1. Modernism covers a large
number of overlapping and related literary and artistic movements;...

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