The cultured and Decadent circulation of the overdue nineteenth century spawned the belief of "Art for Art's Sake," challenged aesthetic criteria and stunned the bourgeosie. From Walter Pater's research, "The Renaissance to Salome, the really decadent collaboration among Oscar Wilde and Aubrey Beardsley, Karl Beckson has selected an entire spectrum of works that chronicle the British inventive fulfillment of the Nineties. during this revised version of a vintage anthology, "The Ballad of interpreting Gaol" has been integrated in its entirety; the bibliography has been thoroughly up to date; Professor Beckson's notes and statement were multiplied from the 1st version released in 1966. The so-called Decadent or Aesthetic interval continues to be some of the most fascinating within the historical past of the humanities. The poetry and prose of such writers as Yeats, Wilde, Symons, Johnson, Dowson, Barlas, Pater and others are integrated during this assortment, besides 16 of Aubrey Beardsley's drawings.
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Falling, rushing, ruining! buried in the ruins, on Urthona’s dens; 17. All night beneath the ruins, then their sullen flames faded emerge round the gloomy King. 18. With thunder and fire: leading his starry hosts thro’ the waste wilderness, he promulgates his ten commands, glancing his beamy eyelids over the deep in dark dismay, 19. Where the son of fire in his eastern cloud, while the morning plumes her golden breast, 44 20. Spurning the clouds written with curses, stamps the stony law to dust, loosing the eternal horses from the dens of night, crying, Empire is no more!
I then asked Ezekiel, why he eat dung, & lay so long on his right & left side? he answer’d, the desire of raising other men into a perception of the infinite; this the North American tribes practise, & is he honest who resists his genius or conscience only for the sake of present ease or gratification? [Plate 14] The ancient tradition that the world will be consumed in fire at the end of six thousand years is true, as I have heard from Hell. For the cherub with his flaming sword is hereby commanded to leave his guard at tree of life, and when he does, the whole creation will be consumed, and appear infinite, and holy whereas it now appears finite & corrupt.
Thus one portion of being, is the Prolific, the other, the Devouring: to the devourer it seems as if the producer was in his chains, but it is not so; he only takes portions of existence and fancies that the whole. But the Prolific would cease to be Prolific unless the Devourer as a sea recieved the excess of his delights. Some will say, Is not God alone the Prolific? I answer, God only Acts & Is, in existing beings or Men. These two classes of men are always upon earth, & they should be enemies; whoever tries to reconcile them seeks to destroy existence.