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Title: 'Ik ben jong, gij zijt oud! We zullen eens zien hoe lang het nog duren zal!'
Subtitle: Over enkele beschrijvende passages in De Vlasschaard van Stijn Streuvels
Author(s): SINTOBIN, Tom
Journal: Spiegel der Letteren
Volume: 42    Issue: 3-4   Date: 2000   
Pages: 297-330
DOI: 10.2143/SDL.42.3.409

Abstract :
The novel De vlaschaard by Stijn Streuvels treats fragments traditionally conceived of as ‘descriptions’ in a very interesting way. The initial description of the book can be read in two different ways at the same time. On the one hand, Vermeulen’s useless anger against the desolate winter outside the house is an illustration of his inability to accept his fleeting power at the farm. On the other, the struggle between oppositional forces outside (light/creation/summer vs. darkness/destruction/winter) reflects the conflict between father and son. The father is thereby linked to the negative pole, the son to the positive. In the end, haughtiness will bring them both down in a metaphorical storm, that was already announced in a real storm.

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