Friday, September 28, 2007

The embittered provincialism which makes Dead a term of abuse

"... there is coming into existence a new kind of provincialism which perhaps deserves a new name. It is a provincialism, not of space but of time; one for which history is merely the chronicle of human devices which have served their term and been scrapped, one for which the world is the property solely of the living, a property in which the dead hold no shares."

T.S. Eliot, "What is a Classic?" (1944)

(thread title from Christopher Ricks, Essays in Appreciation, 349)

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