Modern 20th Century

An interesting theme that has come up in our in-class discussions of 20th-Century literature is the challenge many modern artists measured against social consciousness and political perspective. Through my research into the 20th Century, the Dada movement stood out as it directly expressed this principle of thought. With many Dada artists  reacting to the desolation and distress of WWI, rebellion against authority,the power of the state, and the accepted artistic institutions created a disruptive artform opposed to hierarchy and artificiality. Dada artists used objects from the fabric of everyday experiences, believing in the power of language as a creative tool.
dada1I came across this instruction by Tristan Tzara on how to create a Dadaist Poem which incorporated the everyday object of a Newspaper. I tried my hand at recreating a version of this poetry by using only the Titles of Articles; responding to the way language is used as a lure to capture the reader in our world today.

Take a Newspaper – Take a Pair of Scissors- Cut out the title of every article- Place it in a hat-Take out the scraps one after the other in the order in which they left the hat.


This is the result of my Dadaist poem ‘Infinitely original’. I followed a poetic structure in the way I removed the scraps from the hat, placing each single scrap in a 3-4-4-3 line formation.

Deported dark face
World crackdown the being
Giants breached 1927 hangover
Taking could?

Avoid of now
Access Russia for offer
Money depression to Risk
Australian bad-boys condemns

Inhabits lunch ethics

I created this second poem without randomising the placement of words, but deliberately arranging the scraps to read as somewhat structurally sound sentences. Grammar and word choice was restricted by the use of only article headings and encouraged a creative and humorous composition.

Avoid a meaningless party
Your hangover could probably ruin lunch
Russia in 1927 was dodgy
Depression inhabits a dark being
Hansome bad-boys puzzles women
Australian people taking money
World now launches war
Innocent giants can be deported


Peer Review 5

Hi Manizha,
A very eloquent poem which shows a beautiful command of language.
I would love to know a bit more about the context or inspiration for this post. A small explanation or even a title would give greater meaning to your work

Peer Review 4

Hi Audrey,
Well done on your blog post, I agree with your opinion that May Wedderburn understood the nature of war and felt deeply passionate about expressing her experiences. Some of your sentence structures need revising as your language feels inconsistent. You give us information but I’d love to know more about the context, for example, an explanation of ‘VADS’ why were they important and how did they impact this statement? Working on the flow of your sentences and tying in each paragraph with the previous would be beneficial to you writing.

Peer Review 3

Hi Riley!
Thankyou for your honesty and self-expression in this post. The way you consider how grief may change under different circumstances such as ‘The constant threat of death’ is particularly interesting. I don’t believe we would react to death in the same way we do now, compared to Pauls experience. When death is your entire reality, grief becomes complicated.
A great post with just a small attention to detail required (some words accidently missing which affect the flow of reading)

Peer Review 2

Hi Bri!
Very well written blog post and what a great experience! I love the build up of tension you create in this story, it really lends to the sense of adventure and fear. Some sentences feel a little clunky with adjectives. Being an adjective fiend myself, I definitely find that having someone else cull a few things here and there helps. I can never part with them.