The Same Old Tide…but Different

[The] movement of which in our own day we are witnessing the mature development is not merely a degeneration or an elaboration of Romanticism, but rather a counterpart to it, a second flood to the same tide. And even the metaphor of a tide is misleading: what we have to-day is an entirely distinct movement, which has arisen from different conditions and must be dealt with in different terms.

Edmund Wilson, Axel’s Castle, (New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1931), 3-4.

Notes: Contemporary works are not so different, yet very distinct from Romanticism. The differences must be interpreted distinctly.

Leave a Reply