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19) On this ancient rhetorical device, the inexpressibility topos, see Curtius 1948.
In Mother and Daughter, the act of negotiating with both motherhood's inexpressibility and the sonnet sequence would seem to yield poetic fruit, "finally," as Billone observes of Smith and Barrett Browning, "characterizing poetry as the music of inexpressivity itself" (p.
The mirror image seems more satisfactory as a metaphor for the inexpressibility of God, especially in mystical experiences in the apophatic tradition.
Liu remarks but dismisses one reference to limited "room" as an instance of the inexpressibility topos, linking it with other "cliches of circumvention" (9).
Here, he explores the reasons for the inexpressibility of pain and ways to overcome them, through the experiences and artwork of patients and the work of writers and artists like Tolstoy, Hemingway, Joyce, Munch, and Kahlo.
Although Tarski himself did not extend this idea to natural languages, one may hope to treat (simple/natural) truth this way, but treatments of this type have been heavily criticized for several reasons (like the strict separation of levels of truth apparently absent in natural discourse, inexpressibility of the method itself if true, etc.
For them, the claim of unmeasurability or inexpressibility is merely a hiding strategy; mysticism is seen as a mystification.
He is an emblem of the imperium, caught in the toils of its own conquests, but he is also the poet, struggling with the resistant matter of language, psyche and history: the poet as inexpressibility topos.
Ultimately, she says, the inexpressibility of great distress in
Rhetoric does not create the same emotional response as seeing pain and death, a truism that Elaine Scarry has theorized by arguing for the inexpressibility of pain: not merely that it is difficult to define but that because "it takes no object it, more than any other phenomenon, resists objectification in language.
By denying the adequacy of his satisfaction for Polonius's death and maintaining the inexpressibility of his interiority, Hamlet reconciles himself to the incompleteness of his confession and the impossibility of resolution: "Had I but the time--as this fell sergeant Death, / Is strict in his arrest--O, I could tell you / But let it be" (5.