discussion post/peer response

** Please Read the full description. you will be reading “the ruined lady” by Thomas Hardy and responding to a classmateAt the heart of the modernist impulse was a profound sense of loss—a loss of faith in God and in humanity.In the increasingly fragmented world, schemes of order and coherence seemed false and fundamentally unreal; the ordered world of traditional literary forms (some of which had existed for over a thousand years) no longer seemed adequate to express this generation’s feelings of disorder, emptiness, doubt, and cynicism. In modernist literature, then, look for the following features:The widespread use of fragments in the writing and/or ideas of fragmentation and dislocation in the story’s plot.Omission of explanation, interpretation, summary, and closure.Arbitrary beginnings, inconclusive endings.The reader becoming central in helping to create the work’s meaning.Self-reflexivity, concerned with itself; i.e. the story is concerned with its own creation.IronyA search for meaning rather than conveying meaning.Confusion rather than certainty.First person narratives.Resistance to a single, unified interpretation.“Stream of Consciousness” narratives.Select one of the assigned poems from this week’s reading; explain how the poem illustrates at least one of the above characteristics of Modernist style.Use textual quotations throughout your journal to support your ideas.Journal should be 250 minimum words, use paragraphing, and use MLA format.
– Below is the peer repsonse from James E., please responndI chose the poem, “The Ruined Lady” by Thomas Hardy. It was written in 1866, during the late Victorian time. It drips of irony, one of the features of modernist literature. The poem is written in first person and is a conversation between one-time neighbors in a country village who run into each other in “Town”. The poem mocks Victorian society and its values. In the last line of each stanza, the speaker who moved to Town from the country speaks of being “ruined”. “O didn’t you know I’d been ruined?” said she.” (4). Again in line 16, “We never do work when we’re ruined,” said she.”, the speaker mentions being ruined. The irony is the result of her being “ruined” is she is living a good life without work, with good clothes and jewelry, and a ‘delicate cheek,” (14). Although “ruined”, I did not get the sense that she was unhappy. More like, resigned to her life now and content to live it well. She made the choice to leave the country and come to Town and live a disreputable life. Her choice was a tradeoff for having fine things.The textbook passage, “Thomas Hardy”, talks about his “occasional playfulness” in his writing. I think it can be seen in the aabb rhyme scheme of “The Ruined Lady”. Although the topic, being “ruined” is or probably should be, a serious one, it is an easy, almost singsong poem with colloquial speech. “And thik oon,’ and theäs oon,’ and t’other’; but now” (10).