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  1. Tzara's "Dada Manifesto"
  2. Marinetti's "Founding and Manifesto of Futurism"
  3. Tone comparison

Accompanying great movements are differing points of view. The variances allow the rare chance for comparison among two essentially different movements. Tristan Tzara and Filippo Tommaso Marinetti provide the perfect example of the opportunity for comparison with their respective manifestos. Tzara's manifesto is reflective of the Dada practices, while Marinetti's manifesto represents the Futurist practices. Inspection of the ?Dada Manifesto? and ?Founding Manifesto of Futurism? reveal differences in both purpose and tone.

[...] Under the belief of Futurism, cubism was overly intellectualized and too stagnant. (Richter) Futurism is cultivated through Marinetti's ?Founding and Manifesto of Futurism? primarily for the shock value it provided. Furthermore the identification of reality as both dynamic and emotional is promoted through Marinetti's work. Several statements within the manifesto illustrate the nature of promotion, such as immense pride was buoying us up, because we felt ourselves alone at that hour, alone, awake, and on our feet, like proud beacons or forward sentries against an army of hostile stars glaring down at us from their celestial encampments.? (Marinetti) Tone comparison Dada insinuates a welcoming tone. [...]


[...] Dada versus Futurism, A Comparison of Tone and Purpose Accompanying great movements are differing points of view. The variances allow the rare chance for comparison among two essentially different movements. Tristan Tzara and Filippo Tommaso Marinetti provide the perfect example of the opportunity for comparison with their respective manifestos. Tzara's manifesto is reflective of the Dada practices, while Marinetti's manifesto represents the Futurist practices. Inspection of the ?Dada Manifesto? and ?Founding Manifesto of Futurism? reveal differences in both purpose and tone. [...]

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