Sicily,Thank you hbklas. Here's the text. Can you tell me if it sounds right in English please?
It seems that exceptionality/distinctiveness is widespreading in the place of balance, stability and order; imbalance takes the places of fragmentation, aesthetics of the astounding and abnormal takes the place of the aesthetics of the static and the regulated.
I had no clue as to what it meant until I read this. I would add "once" as shown in red. Not essential, but it reads better to me with it than without it.Where order and balance were once common, we now find distinctiveness. Fragmentation is being replaced by imbalance.
Aesthetics based on regularity and stability (symmetry?) are pushed aside by conscious efforts to highlight the astounding and abnormal.
Is that what you are comparing: the virtue of distinctiveness, and the vice of mere oddity?No doubt my poetry errs on the side of oddness. I hope in time to have a more balanced and Miltonic style. But as air, melody, is what strikes me most of all in music and design in painting, so design, pattern, or what I am in the habit of calling inscape is what I above all aim at in poetry. Now it is the virtue of design, pattern, or inscape to be distinctive and it is the vice of distinctiveness to become queer. This vice I have not escaped.