Understanding 20th Century Poetry

Complete the Timeline of Early 20th Century American Literature by adding ONE literary title (short story, novel, or poem) and ONE influential event for that literary title for each of the decades listed. You will also need to explain how the two pieces are connected. You should be able to complete this as you read through the lesson, filling in events on your timeline, however you may also use outside sources if you would like. You should have a total of eight events on your timeline before submitting it to your instructor.


Timeline of Early 20th Century American Literature


Example: 1905—O’Henry’s short story “The Gift of the Magi” contains many Biblical allusions, or references to the Bible. In the 20th century, a writers’ style and tone were often influenced by the King James Bible.




The 1900s was all about how humans think, and how they process different emotions and things they find out. Such as dramatic events.

Literacy works from Ezra Pound and other authors put these ideas together that created what we now know as Modernism

Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle” is published in 1906, it potrays the harsh conditions and exploited lives of immigrants in the United States in Chicago


1936 – Robert Frost’s “A Further Range” is published

Pessimistic and depressing literary works reflected the troubles in the world at that time



“The Waste Land” by T.S. Eliot is published. Filled with fragments, competing voices, learned allusions, and deeply buried personal details, the poem was read as a dark diagnosis of a disillusioned generation and of the modern world.

Literature of the 1920s reflected the outburst in African American culture (Harlem Renaissance)




In the 1900’s people wondered about how humans process emotions and how we all think. There were many literacy works of art that put these ideas ideas together and created modernism.


Upton Sinclair “The jungle” describe harsh conditions of immigrants in Chicago.











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