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(1914) Author: Emma Goldman
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those who are conversant with the
works of Maeterlinck it may seem
rather far-fetched to discuss him from
the point of view of revolutionary and
social significance. Above all, Maeterlinck is the
portrayer of the remote, the poet of symbols;
therefore it may seem out of place to bring him
down to earth, to simplify him, or to interpret his
revolutionary spirit. To some extent these ob
jections have considerable weight; but on the other
hand, if one keeps in mind that only those who
go to the remote are capable of understanding the
obvious, one will readily see how very significant
Maeterlinck is as a revolutionizing factor. Be
sides, we have Maeterlinck s own conception of
the significance of the revolutionary spirit. In a
very masterly article called
The Social Revolu
tion," he discusses the objection on the part of the
conservative section of society to the introduction
of revolutionary methods. He says that they

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