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KEATS AND SHELLEY AND "DE NIEUWE GIDS"

general principle that "sociale hervormers zijn, uit den aard der zaak, in den grond van hun wezen, anti-artistiek,"1 there was in this really no necessary proof that Van Eeden would be woefully handicapped when it came to a question of understanding the mind, the emancipating vision, if not always the art, of Shelley. Kloos andVerwey,despite their possession of a serene and intuitive sense of beauty, had been surprisingly inadequate in dealing with those aspects of the English poet which implicate him as spiritual revolutionary and Messianic visionary, so that Van Eeden is not to be blamed for taking the line that seemed most natural to himself. Nor was he slow at any time in his own defence. "Zij zeggen: Moraal in de kunst is nonsense," he countered with: "Maar Shelley, die de grootste lyricus geweest is, is voortdurend vervuld van ethisch idealisme. En ik, ik ging volkomen mee met de voorkeur, die zij. geven aan het mooie vers bóven het leelijke. Maar nooit kon ik meegaan met de negatie van al wat men moraal noemt, door hun beweging voorgestaan." 2 Such a plain avowal as this could not but be to the immense liking of Dr Dekker, and right eagerly did he seize upon it as a means of proving the traits shared in common. "Nes Shelley," he notes, "is ook Van Eeden nie in die eerste plek kunstenaar nie, maar voor alles die voorstander van religieuse, sosiale en veral van etiese ideale; ook hy het, op sy wyse, 'a passion for reforming the world'". 3 And again: "Jn digter as Van Eeden word meer deur die gedagte as deur die vorm beïnvloed."4 1 willingly agree; for, often though I have had to dissent from this critic's conclusions, denial here seems wholly vain. And why should it have been so? The answer, I think, can only be that, as positively for Van Eeden as for Verwey, was the starting-

1 "De Nieuwe Gids," 1891 II, p. 168.

2 Quoted by D'Oliveira, "De Mannen van '80 aan het Woord," p. 79.

3 "Die Invloed van Keats en Shelley in Nederland gedurende die Negentiende Eeu," p. 173.

4 Ibid., p. 174.

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