"Utility is the great idol of the age, to which all powers must do service and all talents swear allegiance. In these clumsy times the spiritual service of Art has no weight; deprived of all encouragement, she fells from the noisy marketplace of our century. The very spirit of philosophical enquiry seizes one province after another from the imagination, and the frontiers of Art are contracted as the boundaries of science are enlarged." (26)
This passage exemplifies Romantic protest against
scientific materialism. In fact, it is one of the earliest succinct
statements of this protest.
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