Essay about Social Life

1236 Words Jun 24th, 2007 5 Pages
Social Life

The aftermath of the Civil War made a mark on writers during the era. The occurrences and reconstruction of America had changed some writing to shift from realism to depicting social life in literature. The view of many writers focused on the effects of the war like death, sadness, and people confronted with poverty. This is followed up with the Great Depression and World War I. People saw war first hand in bombings, killing, murders, and voracity. A group of writers chose this as their theme. Edgar Lee Masters reflected the small town life with the poem, "Abel Melveny." The narrator (Abel) is telling a story about his machine collection. He is actually dead but looking back on how his life occurred. Masters wrote
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Eliot uses "we" for the group who will die. They whisper, but because of what they tried to do nobody will listen. He uses the Lord's Prayers; in light that even though death is the consequence God will hear and save their soul when it passes over to the other side. E.E Cummings poem "next to of course god America I" shows a man who is talking about fallen soldiers. The man is talking about America and the pride and dignity one gets for dying for their country. Cummings takes this and twists it. The poet takes the heroicness and signifies you are brave for fighting for America and dying for patriotism. He insists you are dumb for not using your head or common sense and instead of walking away from death; you walk straight into death, which you would sacrifice to be admired upon your death bed. Cummings who was in a prison camp believes people should use their brain to think and voice an opinion or think otherwise especially when it comes to death. Dorothy Parker, "Resume" was written because during her childhood growing up most of the adults in her life died. She wrote about death and this poem is about suicide. She attempted to commit suicide in her adult days. The lack of education she had and the death of all that cared for her got to her. Parker's poem talks about the different ways she tried to kill herself and the fact that those ways are not good enough for a suicide. She unveils the excuses of why she would not go through with it. She

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