The old structures are gone and at least we know it: R. Scruton on erased civilizations

“Elegies are attempts at reconciliation and redemption, works of mourning in the sense intended by Freud. Strauss’s Metamorphosen is not, in that sense an elegy. It is a work de profundis, which looks back to what has been lost as the returning traveller looks at the bombed-out remnants of his city, in which not a survivor can be found. It is a work without hope, and without any promise for the future. Yet for all that, it is a great work of art; and one that still speaks to us.”

Confessions of a Heretic by Roger Scruton: What is the Best Way to Mourn?

–Someone tell me please: Does nt novelist Walker Percy tell the same story — see Love in the Ruins

http://www.nytimes.com/1990/05/11/obituaries/walker-percy-is-dead-at-74-a-novelist-of-the-new-south.html?pagewanted=all

 

 

 

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