Here I go again! Maybe I’m crazy, but these reading events are addictive and I’m signing up for a Modern March hosted by Allie at A Literary Odyssey. I have no clue what “modern” means in relation to classic books, but I’m hoping to learn by participating in this event.
Allie describes modern classic literature as:
… literature written between the very late 19th century and the halfway point of the 20th century. In general, Modernist writers experimented with style, form, and theme. They broke away from the traditional viewpoints found in literature until that point and strove to focus on the darker and more unpleasant sides of life. This is also the time period where stream-of-consciousness made its roaring appearance.
From my classic book list I have chosen Prufrock And Other Observations by T.S. Eliot. During his time, Mr. Eliot was considered the most important English-language poet of the 20th century and one of the many authors whose writing is considered to have captured the spirit of the times. Mr. Eliot believed that poetry should be complex to reflect the complexities of a post-war world. In 1948, he won the Nobel Prize in Literature for his work. Prufrock contains the famous poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock which is considered a masterpiece of the modernist movement.
Since I have never read anything by this author and have little experience with poetry, I feel a wee bit in over my heard. Should be a good month!