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Instead, he sees its peroration to be one directed solely at Sebastiao, full of admirable antitheses and sententious wisdom ("solamente una peroracion al Rey D.
Sententious solitude, ancient memory, night and silence, nobody here; but even as I night-write blind in a bedside notebook, 'impersonal moonlight audible on steps, railings, sash window and fanlight', my biro breaks the silence and something stirs.
Wild flowers in the hedgerow are not more children of earth than his Wessex folks with their beautiful voices, their easy grace, their impulsive, headstrong youth, their sententious marrowy old age.
While the author frequently indulges in sententious passages praising spiritual love, his narratives describe in great detail a male hero's wooings and unsuccessful seductions of various women.
Being the sententious faker that he is, Havel feels it necessary to claim that in contrast to the Communists who previously ran his country, he will trade only "with democratic states which respect human rights.
You know where you are with people like Harriet Martineau; bossy and unselfcritical, irritatingly sententious, and perhaps not very sensitive to the feelings of others, she was nevertheless honest, sensible, energetic, indomitable.
This simplicity is summed up in a sententious remark by the painter himself, that he sought out 'the essence of things'.
At a high point in his career, when other poets may be tempted to wax sententious, Hill remains playful and interesting.
Snow-covered Colorado furnishes the material and backdrop for a cancer-stricken boy's bid for immortality, in freshman writer-director Robert Kirbyson's sententious family comedy.
If in the latter he often imitates the asymmetric and sententious style of Seneca and Tacitus, his favourite authors, which makes them sometimes rather difficult to read, the letters to officials are far more classical in tone.
Poetically, the legacy of Byron's formative years is a compound of lyricism and melodrama corresponding to the blend of sentiment and posing in his personality, and producing verse which can be sententious, tedious, and overblown.
240-42), and even as Much Ado answers this rhetorical question by permitting us to smile at Benedick's ability to rationalize his way against the very stock of quips, sentences, and paper bullets of the brain that had been his barricades against emotional humors, it exposes the sententious as a particularly flimsy fortification.