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Modern or Modernism is an omnibus term for several trends,  found in the world of arts and letters in the first half of the twentieth century. Of course, the term,  in a broader sense, applies to views, ideals, and tendencies in the matter of social manners,  religious beliefs, political ideas, and so on.  This is,  in fact,  related to that which is in harmony with and intimate to Modern living, and not antiquated for or alien to a modern being.

In literature, modernism is associated particularly with the writings of T.S Eliot, Ezra Pound,  James Joyce, Virginia Woolf,  D.H. Lawrence, W.B. Yeats, and many more. This includes, too, Freudian psychoanalysis in literature and the study of the working of the unconscious mind in man. From the technical viewpoint, it is marked by persistent experimentalism and the rejection of the traditional framework or conventional communication in art and literature. This is something new, and radical in thought as well as technique.

The addition of the particle 'post' to ' modernism' serves to indicate a trend to leave behind what is supposed or deemed as modern and to aim at a more original outlook and methods. This seems to make further ventures for a new approach in which the views or systems,. taken as modern, are discarded and replaced by new thoughts as well as techniques.  In short, post-modernism is the tendency in art and literature to advance beyond the range of what is called 'modern'. This seems to supersede modernism and may be designated as ultra-modernism and is more sophisticated, and more stylistic.                                        


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