Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf

By Virginia Woolf

The ultimate novel of 1 of the 20 th Century's maximum voices.

On the garden of an English state property, a festival goes to be played. Attended by way of many of the locals, it truly is an outline of English historical past in numerous elements. Interspersed one of the arrangements, the viewers engage, serving as a moment microcosm of English existence. The looming spectre of global struggle II serves as a backdrop to novel's motion.

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Like Sewell, Johnson eschews Bacon’s mistrust of natural forms, claiming that these amorphous shapes “are form, even as a sphere, crystal / & flower,” are (V 29). 23 And Orpheus, the metamorphosis before us of coral, acanthus, leopard’s-paw, bird’s-foot, ‘sinuosities of meadow’ & rock as it moves quietly beneath lichen. ‘For where the figure is, the answer is’. (V 29–30) Quoting Sewell’s phrase—“Where the figure is, the answer is”—Johnson asserts the existence of order and coherence amid what otherwise appears to be a selection of arbitrary forms existing independently of one another in an unordered universe.

It seems reasonable to claim that it was the Language poets who won this war and who have been recognized largely as the true inheritors of Zukofsky and, for a period, deemed the advanced-guard of late twentieth-century “post” modern poetry. After all, as Sloan points out, in contrast to the “less clearly defined poets centered around Robert Duncan,” the Language poets possess a collective rationale, establishing a stronger position from which to defend and advance their poetics. But are they the true inheritors of Zukofsky and the only representatives of American post-modernist poetry?

The ideas found in this tradition—which, as the word “theosophy” denotes, are concerned with wisdom of the divine—equip Johnson with a number of epistemological strategies that assist his own inquiries into Orphic postlogic. This results in a rich confluence of Hermetic wisdom and Transcendentalism that enables Johnson to begin charting his singular twentieth-century cosmographies. Johnson is particularly receptive to Transcendentalist insights concerning cosmos—the manifold nature of the world and the relationship the individual has with it.

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