Decadent Poems, Decadent Poetry…and Decadent Entertainment?

If readers were to read Indian Dancers, they might think that poem has elements of eroticisms in it.

And as such that poem may be classified as a decadent poem.

There is complex discussion of the terms decadent poetry and decadent poems within the literature on art & literary criticism. I will not venture into that.

However, the terms decadent poet and decadent poetry has resonance in today’s confusing world, where on one hand there is the drive towards conservatism and religious purity; but on the other hand there is the desire to express individual freedom and expression.

I will create a term: decadent entertainment. I will use this term to denote the types of entertainment that some may consider decadent i.e. immoral, not suitable, of having bad influence etc, etc.

And this term will be used throughout this blog from now on… from time to time…when there is a need to do so.

If readers are interested to know, there is a lot of similar works on this issue. Too many of them. But I suppose one reference will not hurt:

Toward a Definition of Decadent as Applied to British Literature of the Nineteenth Century Clyde de L. Ryals. The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Vol. 17, No. 1. (Sep., 1958), pp. 85-92.


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