WEFOUNDDECADENTS, SYMBOLISTS, and AESTHETES IN AMERICA: FIN-DE-SIECLE AMERICAN POETRY: AN ANTHOLOGY (Talisman Classic American Poets)


This paper will look at the way two aspects of Victorian culture impinged on Dowson’s life: the changing law in relation to children; and the meaning of the ‘cult of little girls.’ The 1885 Act which raised the age of consent for girls to 16 came into effect when Dowson was already grown up, he was 18. He was a critic of this law and also lobbied against the Protection of Children Bill which intended to regulate the work of child actors under the age of 10.

In national terms the most important man to have a romantic relationship with girls was Dowson’s friend at college and later, William Clarke Hall. He would recite Dowson’s verse to his child girlfriend Edna, who he met when she was 13 and he has 26 and already a successful barrister. Edna, who married Clarke Hall, was the daughter of Benjamin Waugh, the founder of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Clarke Hall became counsel to the NSPCC and Britain’s leading authority on the law relating to children.

This paper references work done by Catherine Robson who has attracted attention to the way in which an idealised girlhood represented a lost world for some Victorian gentlemen. Dowson’s tortured relationship with Adelaide makes more sense when seen in the light of the legal framework of an increasingly restrictive law relating to children coming up against an impossible idealisation of childhood.

In 1983, the New Zealand artist Robyn Kahukiwa completed a piece of artwork titled ‘Hine Titama’. The piece is oil on board and is part of the collection of Te Manawa Art Society Inc. Though it is a beautiful work on the outside, it’s the meanings and symbols beneath its painted façade that draws critics to the artwork. In this report, we will talk about the artwork and materials involved in the production, a biography of the artist, an overview of the basic message in the artwork, the meanings, symbols and genres of the artwork, and to finish off, a summary of the information.

Robyn Kahukiwa, firm in her beliefs of Maori ancestry and women’s rights make for controversial yet beautiful art in all of the areas she excels in, such as illustration, printmaking and painting. Her approach towards art in general shows that she is bringing the world to her work and vice versa.

The main central genre of ‘Hinetitama’ is Maori. Due to this being her central focus in all of her artworks, it is evident in this one.

Voyelles , (French: “Vowels”)in full Sonnet des voyelles , sonnet by Arthur Rimbaud , published in Paul Verlaine ’s Les Poètes maudits (1884). Written in traditional alexandrine lines, the poem is far from traditional in its subject matter; it arbitrarily assigns to each of the vowels a different, specific colour.

Suggestions as to the inspiration for the poem include a child’s coloured alphabet book, alchemy, or simple poetic obfuscation. The poem may also be a reference to Charles Baudelaire ’s theory of the role of synesthesia (the association of two different senses—in this case sight and sound) in poetry .

Paul Verlaine , French lyric poet first associated with the Parnassians and later known as a leader of the Symbolists. With Stéphane Mallarmé and Charles Baudelaire he formed the so-called Decadents.

This paper will look at the way two aspects of Victorian culture impinged on Dowson’s life: the changing law in relation to children; and the meaning of the ‘cult of little girls.’ The 1885 Act which raised the age of consent for girls to 16 came into effect when Dowson was already grown up, he was 18. He was a critic of this law and also lobbied against the Protection of Children Bill which intended to regulate the work of child actors under the age of 10.

In national terms the most important man to have a romantic relationship with girls was Dowson’s friend at college and later, William Clarke Hall. He would recite Dowson’s verse to his child girlfriend Edna, who he met when she was 13 and he has 26 and already a successful barrister. Edna, who married Clarke Hall, was the daughter of Benjamin Waugh, the founder of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Clarke Hall became counsel to the NSPCC and Britain’s leading authority on the law relating to children.

This paper references work done by Catherine Robson who has attracted attention to the way in which an idealised girlhood represented a lost world for some Victorian gentlemen. Dowson’s tortured relationship with Adelaide makes more sense when seen in the light of the legal framework of an increasingly restrictive law relating to children coming up against an impossible idealisation of childhood.

This paper will look at the way two aspects of Victorian culture impinged on Dowson’s life: the changing law in relation to children; and the meaning of the ‘cult of little girls.’ The 1885 Act which raised the age of consent for girls to 16 came into effect when Dowson was already grown up, he was 18. He was a critic of this law and also lobbied against the Protection of Children Bill which intended to regulate the work of child actors under the age of 10.

In national terms the most important man to have a romantic relationship with girls was Dowson’s friend at college and later, William Clarke Hall. He would recite Dowson’s verse to his child girlfriend Edna, who he met when she was 13 and he has 26 and already a successful barrister. Edna, who married Clarke Hall, was the daughter of Benjamin Waugh, the founder of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Clarke Hall became counsel to the NSPCC and Britain’s leading authority on the law relating to children.

This paper references work done by Catherine Robson who has attracted attention to the way in which an idealised girlhood represented a lost world for some Victorian gentlemen. Dowson’s tortured relationship with Adelaide makes more sense when seen in the light of the legal framework of an increasingly restrictive law relating to children coming up against an impossible idealisation of childhood.

In 1983, the New Zealand artist Robyn Kahukiwa completed a piece of artwork titled ‘Hine Titama’. The piece is oil on board and is part of the collection of Te Manawa Art Society Inc. Though it is a beautiful work on the outside, it’s the meanings and symbols beneath its painted façade that draws critics to the artwork. In this report, we will talk about the artwork and materials involved in the production, a biography of the artist, an overview of the basic message in the artwork, the meanings, symbols and genres of the artwork, and to finish off, a summary of the information.

Robyn Kahukiwa, firm in her beliefs of Maori ancestry and women’s rights make for controversial yet beautiful art in all of the areas she excels in, such as illustration, printmaking and painting. Her approach towards art in general shows that she is bringing the world to her work and vice versa.

The main central genre of ‘Hinetitama’ is Maori. Due to this being her central focus in all of her artworks, it is evident in this one.

Voyelles , (French: “Vowels”)in full Sonnet des voyelles , sonnet by Arthur Rimbaud , published in Paul Verlaine ’s Les Poètes maudits (1884). Written in traditional alexandrine lines, the poem is far from traditional in its subject matter; it arbitrarily assigns to each of the vowels a different, specific colour.

Suggestions as to the inspiration for the poem include a child’s coloured alphabet book, alchemy, or simple poetic obfuscation. The poem may also be a reference to Charles Baudelaire ’s theory of the role of synesthesia (the association of two different senses—in this case sight and sound) in poetry .

Paul Verlaine , French lyric poet first associated with the Parnassians and later known as a leader of the Symbolists. With Stéphane Mallarmé and Charles Baudelaire he formed the so-called Decadents.

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CONTENTS
Fin de siècle : Confusion as symptom and subject
The question of definitions
«Decadence» as a 19th century issue
Displacement of critique and the Decadent myth
The overcoming of borders
The maladie fin de siècle as a generalised disorder
The historiographical puzzle and puzzled historiography
Notes
Sources
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To master the concept of decadence and to free it from inconsistency has been for students of nineteenth-century European cultural history, if not exactly the quest of the Grail, at least an important part of their intellectual agenda. 5

The latest movement in European literature has been called by many names, none of them quite exact or comprehensive – Decadence, Symbolism, Impressionism, for instance. It is easy to dispute over words, and we shall find that Verlaine objects to being called a Decadent, Maeterling to being called a Symbolist, Husymans to being called an Impressionist. 8

This paper will look at the way two aspects of Victorian culture impinged on Dowson’s life: the changing law in relation to children; and the meaning of the ‘cult of little girls.’ The 1885 Act which raised the age of consent for girls to 16 came into effect when Dowson was already grown up, he was 18. He was a critic of this law and also lobbied against the Protection of Children Bill which intended to regulate the work of child actors under the age of 10.

In national terms the most important man to have a romantic relationship with girls was Dowson’s friend at college and later, William Clarke Hall. He would recite Dowson’s verse to his child girlfriend Edna, who he met when she was 13 and he has 26 and already a successful barrister. Edna, who married Clarke Hall, was the daughter of Benjamin Waugh, the founder of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Clarke Hall became counsel to the NSPCC and Britain’s leading authority on the law relating to children.

This paper references work done by Catherine Robson who has attracted attention to the way in which an idealised girlhood represented a lost world for some Victorian gentlemen. Dowson’s tortured relationship with Adelaide makes more sense when seen in the light of the legal framework of an increasingly restrictive law relating to children coming up against an impossible idealisation of childhood.

In 1983, the New Zealand artist Robyn Kahukiwa completed a piece of artwork titled ‘Hine Titama’. The piece is oil on board and is part of the collection of Te Manawa Art Society Inc. Though it is a beautiful work on the outside, it’s the meanings and symbols beneath its painted façade that draws critics to the artwork. In this report, we will talk about the artwork and materials involved in the production, a biography of the artist, an overview of the basic message in the artwork, the meanings, symbols and genres of the artwork, and to finish off, a summary of the information.

Robyn Kahukiwa, firm in her beliefs of Maori ancestry and women’s rights make for controversial yet beautiful art in all of the areas she excels in, such as illustration, printmaking and painting. Her approach towards art in general shows that she is bringing the world to her work and vice versa.

The main central genre of ‘Hinetitama’ is Maori. Due to this being her central focus in all of her artworks, it is evident in this one.


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