Explorers, colonizers, and ___?

Ornament

16 September 2008, 22.17 CET

To have had a chance of becoming a real explorer in the arts, it would seem that one had to be born between 1870 and 1890; the eighties were particularly favourable, producing, among others, Picasso, Stravinsky, Joyce and Eliot. Those of us who were born later have to put up with the less heroic, but, I hope, useful role of colonizers.
— W. H. Auden

[Quoted in Times Literary Supplement 5502 (September 12 2008), p. 5]