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The Eighteen Nineties; A Review of Art and Ideas at the Close of the Nineteenth Century
General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1914 Original Publisher: M. Kennerley Subjects: Arts, English Arts, Modern Arts and society English literature Art Great Britain Nineteenth century Arts, British Arts, Victorian Arts, Edwardian Art / General Art / History / General Art / European ...
General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1914 Original Publisher: M. Kennerley Subjects: Arts, English Arts, Modern Arts and society English literature Art Great Britain Nineteenth century Arts, British Arts, Victorian Arts, Edwardian Art / General Art / History / General Art / European History / Europe / Great Britain Literary Criticism / General Literary Criticism / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the original. It has no illustrations and there may be typos or missing text. When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to Million-Books.com where you can select from more than a million books for free. Excerpt: CHAPTER III THE DECADENCE NO English writer has a better claim to recognition as an interpreter of the decadence in modern English literature than Arthur Symons. He of all the critics of the Eighteen Nineties was sufficiently intimate with the modern movement to hold, and sufficiently removed from it in his later attitude to express, an opinion which should be at once sympathetic and reasonably balanced without pretending to colourless impartiality. But during the earlier phase his vision of the decadent idea was certainly clearer than it was some years later, when he strove to differentiate decadence and symbolism. " The most representative literature of the day," he wrote in 1893, " the writing which appeals to, which has done so much to form, the younger generation, is certainly not classic, nor has it any relation to that old antithesis of the classic, the romantic. After a fashion it is no doubt a decadence ; it has all the qualities that mark the end of great periods, the qualities that we find in the Greek, the Latin, decad- ence; an intense self-consciousness, a restless curiosity in research, an over-subtilising refinement upon refinement, a spiritual and moral perversity. If what we call the classic is indeed the ...
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