"Poetry and fiction have grieved for a century now over the loss of some vitality which they think they see in a past from which we are by now irrevocably alienated."-- Guy Davenport in the Georgia Review ca. 1974, in his essay, "The Symbol of the Archaic;" he discusses the "pejorocracy" and much more. You can read it here.
Pictured: The narrow passage that leads to Petra.