Fall 1969 • Vol. XXXI No. 5 Nonfiction |

The Enemies of Love: The Example of Antony and Cleopatra

"The young make love, the old obscene gestures" (student slogan in Paris) Today a new springtime is upon us, or perhaps a new ice age is on its way. The spokesmen for the younger generation of students (who knows how many they really speak for?) whose voices are loudest tell us that they intend to make the most of their generation gap. No compromise. Put in its starkest terms, the issue is a matter of life and death: the young say life is freedom from the tyranny of outworn institutions and habits of thought which can only lead to death of the soul if not of the body (and very likely to both); the old say—various things, but the old are obviously on the defensive. Even less than the young do they want to be on the side of death. Idealists themselves, the happy warriors of the young resent the idealism spouted by their elders. It is corrupted by hypocrisy—conscious, unconscious, or a mixture of the two. Only the young know what love is, and without love the constitutional

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