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