Apocalypse and After: Modern Strategy and Postmodern Tactics by Bruce Comens

By Bruce Comens

    Apocalypse and After examines the advance of Modernism into Postmodernism because it happens within the works of 3 significant poets and attends heavily to the social and political dimensions of that improvement as embodied in those writers’ specified poetics. Modernism’s fight to strengthen a brand new worldwide method was once to an exceptional volume a reaction to the disaster of worldwide warfare I, whereas the Postmodern hotel to fragmentary strategies stems from the failure of Modernist process either to ward off global conflict II and to come back to phrases with the horror of the atomic bomb.

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Malatesta's Rimini) and the Middle Ages (Provenee[Provençe], Dante's Florence)significantly, the two most important sources outside those periods, Kung and Jefferson, are also outside Europe. 14 Thomist modes of thought influenced more than merely his esthetic. Eliot's famous credo, "classicist in literature, royalist in politics, and anglo-catholic in religion" virtually speaks for itself, indicating clearly his affinities for the Renaissance and his rejection of all those cultural developments that might be supposed to have led to the modern world (For Lancelot Andrews Preface).

But they ultimately coincide in the totality of their final end, the Bomb. Of course, this latest fruit of the Tree of Knowledge in a sense only replays"culminates" may be more aptthe original Fall: in a sense the Bomb marks the culmination of the destruction always implicit in science and rationality. Artists have been particularly concerned with this relation at least since Blake attacked Newton. More recently, the Futurists' critique of analytic Cubism was based on precisely this issue: Umberto Boccioni argued that while the Cubist "analysis of the object is always made at the cost of the object itself," the Futurists sought to "identify with the thing, which is profoundly different" (qtd.

American poetry20th centuryHistory and criticism.  Literature and historyUnited StatesHistory20th century.  Apocalyptic literatureHistory and criticism. 5209dc20 94-5843 British Library Cataloguing-in-Publication Data available Page v For Jean and George Comens Page vii Contents Acknowledgments ix Abbreviations xiii 1 From Modern Strategy to Postmodern Tactics 1 2 Pound's War 22 The Great War and the Enemy 22 Image and Millennium 34 The Cantos: History and Apocalypse 43 The Cantos: Contradictions of War 54 Paradise Postponed 72 Afterwords and Deferral 84 3 Dr.

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