Chronology of World, British and American Literature
George Bernard Shaw. British. 1923. Play. Saint Joan. Presents Joan as an early nationalist; prototype of the Protestant thinker who puts conscience before the judgment of the Church.
Rainer Maria Rilke. German. 1923. Poetry. The Sonnets to Orpheus. Sonnets center around the myth of Orpheus: man must be fluid to exist in a changing world. Death is one metamorphosis among many.
Wallace Stevens. American. 1923. Poetry. “Sunday Morning.” Narrator debates with woman who feels the need for some imperishable bliss. Death is the mother of beauty; earth is all the paradise we will know.