Modernism was made in the invigorating plays, prose, poetry and pronouncements of writers who were as critically sophisticated as they were daring and defiant. Modernist drama was nurtured by independent or ‘free’ theatre companies that resisted the mercantile priorities of crowd-pleasing commercial theatre to present aesthetically and/or socially challenging material. Fiction was released from the strictures of chronological sequence, completed plot and the singularity of stable character as it followed the phases of the mind and renewed the marvellous, the erotic, the ineffable, the contingent and the fleeting at the heart of the everyday. Poets turned away from the lyric ‘I’ and regular verse, and embraced multiple registers, including common speech. They pioneered innovative forms to articulate the problematically shaky relationship between words and things: from the musical suggestivity of Symbolism, to the allusive dislocation of high modernists such as T.S. Eliot and the non-referential strategies of avant-garde writers.
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