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In studying modern art and poetry for the past several years, I have become interested in how these two categories are defined and conceptualized. Too often the visual and literary arts are envisioned as decidedly separate spheres; but, particularly in the art of the twentieth century, these lines begin to blur. As critic Roger Shattuck describes, "To a greater extent than at any time since the Renaissance, painters, writers, and musicians lived and worked together and tried their hands at each other's arts in an atmosphere of perpetual collaboration." The great minds from both comers cross their genre boundaries for intellectual discussion and exchange of ideas and theories. Textual aesthetics become a part of art and artistic practices influence writers as these modernists collectively strive to follow Ezra Pound's credo, "Make it new."
Date Posted: 27 July 2007