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Mouthlessness, however, appears in many poems of the Great War, the most prominent being Charles Sorley's "When you see millions of the mouthless dead.
Voiceless it cries, Wingless flutters, Toothless bites, Mouthless mutters (Hobbit V:81),
SF aliens are descended from the prodigies of early adventure stories (Pliny's mouthless Astomoi, dog-headed Kynokephaloi, sirens, Cyclopes, Amazons), and from the spirit-agents of mythology (angels, demons, avatars, fairies, magical animals).
Can't this category be canceled in a year when the only cartoon that didn't suck was that overpraised comedy about much-too-twee English twits and their mouthless dogs - ``Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit''?
An excellent work for concluding the section on British poetry is Charles Hamilton Sorley's "When You See Millions of the Mouthless Dead" because it self-consciously addresses the war poet directly on the ethical and representational problem of the use and abuse of the dead, the fallen soldiers, in verse.
A manic dance of death interlude leads to a chilling treatment of Charles Sorley's Mouthless Dead before disillusionment in Sassoon's Everyone Sang eventually yields to a kind of optimism, with a bright, open chord at the end.