P> Art is prophetic; it can even create the future.
The Modernists had an even more startling theory: the present changes the past.
For example, consider this passage from Eliot's "Tradition and the Individual Talent"
". . . the difference between the present and the past is that the conscious present is an awareness of the past in a way and to an extent which the past's awareness of itself cannot show.
Some one said: 'The dead writers are remote from us because we know so much more than they did.' Precisely, and they are that which we know."
-- Tom --