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Unit 5: Crisis and Change

Lesson D: Postwar Anxiety, Creativity, and Change

Activity 4: The Impact of World War I on Music, Literature, and Art

The horrors of war had a deep impact on the arts. After World War I, many writers and poets put their feelings about the war into words. These writers often reflected disappointment about the war and disillusionment with the world. Authors like Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf, and F. Scott Fitzgerald expressed the anxiety that society felt about post-war changes to traditional values.

Many writers, artists, and musicians settled in Paris, France, and became part of what the author Gertrude Stein termed a "Lost Generation." Authors of this generation drifted through the decade of the 1920s, trying to find meaning in life. Poetry and novels of the era reflect the despair that many survivors of the war felt.

The war profoundly affected the visual arts, too. Some paintings directly reflected the trauma experienced by soldiers on the battlefield. Many artists rebelled against Realism and showed the inner worlds of their minds. They used distorted forms and bold colors to express their emotions.

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