"...While the music lasts" : the timeless moment in the modern quest for unity

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Glenda Ward Beamon (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Charles Tisdale

Abstract: The portrait of man in the modern world is a lone figure seeking meaning in a "Waste Land" of conflicting values and spiritual sterility In this world where "Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold;..." (Yeats, "The Second Coming") modern man strives for unity in an atmosphere where all bonds of union seem broken; he desires genuine communication with others in a time when the gesture too often falls short of the completion; he hopes to strike, however brief, a note of certainty from an existence in which the only certainty is death. In this world without belief man seeks to create even momentarily a stay against an endless flow of time, and within the brief stay he hopes to experience an enlightenment that will bring release from the "mire and blood" of mere temporal existence.

Additional Information

Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 1971

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