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Did She See the Life of the Lost Generation Coming?

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  • Submitted: 03/07/2008
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International Baccalaureate World Literature

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Did She See the Life of the Lost Generation Coming?

The poem "Praematuri" by Margaret Postgate Cole alludes to the idea of a life style change after World War I. The novel, The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway captures the life style change during the post-war era. The name given to this era is the Lost Generation. The epigraph at the beginning of the novel quotes Gertrude Stein by saying, "You are all a lost generation." A person that lived during the Lost Generation means that they were directly affected or traumatized by the war. Cole's poem "Praematuri" anticipates the rise of the Lost Generation after World War I through the poem's title, the situational irony, the use of language and repetitive diction.

The significance of the poems title predicts the Lost Generation, not only because of the definition, but the connotations as well. The poem's title "Praematuri" translates to premature death. A premature death perfectly describes the Lost Generation. In The Sun Also Rises, all the main characters are members of the Lost Generation. They live lives that do not have a real meaning. They spend hours drinking and going to parties instead

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