himself from the USSR by fits and starts over the decades; the process was complete by the 1960s.
No matter in what language his doom may have been pronounced;--no matter in what complexion incompatible with freedom an Indian or an African sun may have burnt upon him;--no matter in what disastrous battle his liberty may have been cloven down--no matter with what solemnities he may have been devoted upon the altar of slavery; the first moment he touches the sacred soil of Britain, the altar and the God sink together in the dust; his soul walks abroad in her own majesty--his body swells beyond the measure of his chains that burst from around him, and he stands redeemed, regenerated, and disenthralled
by the irresistible genius of universal emancipation.
Though he eventually disenthralled
himself from Mallarme's influence, he carried his hieratic stance much further, and retained a spark of respect for his French namesake.
But even before the devastating suicide attacks and the advent of bioterror, a disenthralled
observer would have concluded that American power, while impressive, was not as overwhelming and unchallengeable as it had been a half-century earlier.
Finally, the speaker is by no means one of the exceptional lovers who, disenthralled
from their beloved, can use their emotional state for existential explorations.
In the 1848 narrative, Brown states that the slave, having left the United States and arrived in Canada, feels "the altar and the god sink together in the dust; his soul walks abroad in his own majesty; his body swells beyond the measure of his chains, that burst from around him; and he stands redeemed, regenerated, and disenthralled
, by the irresistible genius of universal emancipation" (p.