Antique

Antique by Rosanna Warren
The Atlantic, October 21, 2008

"Modernity always defines itself in relation to a past that it attacks and transforms. Here, the self-proclaimed poet of modernity (“We must be absolutely modern,” he had written in A Season in Hell) presents us with the figure of a faun: just the sort of neoclassical kitsch we'd expect him to despise. What does he do with it? He brings it to life, awakening a myth."
 

Jennie Rothenberg Gritz is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where she edits digital features.

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