And clear across to the Atlantic, the Junta in touch with them all and all of them needing guns, mere adventurers, soldiers of fortune, bandits, disgruntled American union men, socialists, anarchists, rough-necks, Mexican exiles, peons escaped from bondage, whipped miners from the bull-pens of Coeur d'Alene and Colorado who desired only the more vindictively to fight--all the flotsam and jetsam of wild spirits from the madly complicated modern world
It makes him pre- eminently a modern poet--a poet of the self-pondering, perfectly educated, modern world
, which, having come to the end of all direct and purely external experiences, must necessarily turn for its entertainment to the world within:--
Man or boy, woman or girl, they had for a moment taken hold of the thing that makes the mature life of men and women in the modern world
This metrical system, thus shaped, has provided the indispensable formal basis for making English poetry admittedly the greatest in the modern world
She might just now have been Apostolic Charity herself returned to a self-seeking modern world
Bonds were better than men's word in this modern world
, and one had to look carefully to the bonds.
In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of the Bhagvat-Geeta, since whose composition years of the gods have elapsed, and in comparison with which our modern world
and its literature seem puny and trivial; and I doubt if that philosophy is not to be referred to a previous state of existence, so remote is its sublimity from our conceptions.
Well educated, well endowed, and not deficient physically, he remained in the grip of a certain devil whom the modern world
knows as self-consciousness, and whom the medieval, with dimmer vision, worshipped as asceticism.
Now by a curious accident he found himself lifted out of his marvellous modern world
for a time, out of all the rush and confused appeals of it, and floating like a thing dead and disembodied between sea and sky.
The reds and creams of the background, the lyres and harps and urns and skulls, the protuberances of plaster, the fringes of scarlet plush, the sinking and blazing of innumerable electric lights, could scarcely have been surpassed for decorative effect by any craftsman of the ancient or modern world
The French Revolution and Napoleon: Crucible of the Modern World
Lizzie Collingham's The Taste of Empire: How Britain's Quest for Food Shaped the Modern World
(Basic Books) is an above-average entrant in this crowded field.