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Oral Communication IV

Informative Speech
Rafael Gradiz Arana

Outline

Modernism

Attention-Getting Opener

When we read poems, we can identify different literary movements. In other words, we can
find a common way writers use to write poems such as romanticism or realism. Even though,
there is a literary movement which tries to create a universe that differs from ours, a world
that is characterized by beauty and imagination. Can you guess what it is? I will tell you. It’s
modernism.
Preview

Today, we will learn three relevant aspects of modernism.

They are
I. Its definition
II. Three basic characteristics of modernism
III. Examples in which those characteristics of modernism apply

Transition: Ok let’s start our investigation of modernism by explaining its definition.

Body

I. Definition of modernism

A) It is a literary movement that began at the end of 19TH century.


B) This movement seeks formal beauty in poetry.
C) The writer attempts to create an imaginary universe.
D) The most distinguished Latin American writer of this literary movement is Ruben Dario.

Transition: Well, we have seen what modernism is. Let’s continue our research by analyzing
three basic characteristics of this literary movement.

II. Characteristics of modernism

A) It is aesthetic
B) It presents an unreal setting
C) It develops intimate aspects

Transition: Once we have learned about these characteristics of modernism, let’s concentrate
on some examples in which these three characteristics of modernism apply.

III. Examples in which the characteristics of modernism apply

A) First Example
B) Second Example
C) Third example

Transition: Now that we have studied three main aspects related to modernism, our
investigation is complete.

Summary

Now you know three important facts regarding modernism. They are

I. Its definition
II. Three basic characteristics of modernism
III Examples in which those characteristics of modernism apply

Memorable Concluding Remarks

As you can see, modernism is literary movement that tried to create a universe full of positive
aspects and beauty. It was used as an answer to evade a society full of problems, difficulties,
and poverty at the end of nineteenth century. After knowing these aspects about modernism,
you can understand why many writers decided to apply it in their poems.
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Tiempo de Leer 7. San José: Editorial Santillana, 2006.