Thomas Stratton wrote:
> While Eliot describes a world devoid of passion, he despeartely wishes for a
> kinder, gentler, passionate world. Certainly in a line like "I do not think
> that they will speak to me." shows how he feels alienated from this world
> he longs for. In my way of looking at things, this is very similar to how
> the Romantics also wanted a passionate, emotional world.
Thanks for the Sward article. I wonder if the yearning for a kinder,
gentler, passionate world is the special property of the Romantics. Thomas
Wyatt's "They Flee from Me" and John Donne's "The Message" may interest you.
You have a point about the very long-lasting influence of Romanticism. It
does linger, even in opposition to it. But I wonder if it does so because a
basic human tendency was elevated to an idea (as expressed in art), and the
death of the idea does not mean the death of the instinct. And whether it was
always at play in the human heart.
I've never given much thought to poetic schools as such, so I'm grateful for
you provoking me to a bit of thinking.