Since the advent of the First World War, numerous changes have occurred not only in politics and economy, but as well as in the social and cultural aspects. Artists during this era, expressed and explored life through the use of visual arts, theaters, and other forms of art.The offset of the war caused the people and the artists to lure away from the folk traditions and represent a new breed of popular culture. People have found ways to civilize themselves by means of indulging to the new emerging culture of the era (Thought and Culture…). Moreover, the aftermath of World War 1 inspired great novels and poetries. Most of the writings during this era were inspired by soldiers and their relatives, which pertained to their real life experiences during the war. Few of the identified poets and writers during this era were Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen and George Cohan to name a few.
Most of the themes of their writings revolved around their personal experiences in the war. For example, Owen’s work reiterated the war experiences of the soldiers reliving the wartime conflicts, in particular their battlefield experiences (DULCE ET DECORUM EST).Furthermore, another offspring of the First World War is the rise of the Harlem Renaissance. This advent in history reflected the changes within the African American community. This occurrence is seen as their response to the emerging social and cultural changes, which included social, intellectual and civic transformation in the society creating avenues for political and economic upheaval and cultural self-determination (Watson).
The art, literature and music produced during this era challenged racism and promoted progressive politics and social and racial assimilation.DULCE ET DECORUM EST. November 5, 2007 <