Wednesday, April 7, 2010

1928: "Acquainted with the Night" to "The Hamlet of A. Macleish."

Chronology of World, British and American Literature

Robert Frost. American. 1928. Poem. “Acquainted with the Night.” One of his few poems set in the city. Poem of loneliness and despair.

Evelyn Waugh. British. 1928. Novel. Decline and Fall. Expelled from Oxford, teacher unknowingly works in white slave trade; studies theology.

Federico Lorca Garcia. Spanish. 1928. Poetry. Gypsy Ballads. 18 ballads: “Gypsy poet.” Tragic view of life. Suppressed erotic passion. Gypsy: free force of primitive sexual drives vs. Puritanical Spain, Civil Guard. Close Association of love and death.

Archibald MacLeish. American. 1928. Poetry. “The Hamlet of A. MacLeish.” Dramatic monologue. Hamlet vs. modern man who has no knowledge of the evil he tries to fight.

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