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Beyond blaming Vicente Mench[acute{u}] and the other victims of the massacre for their own deaths, at different points in his narrative Stoll labels Mench[acute{u}] "a thief," "an illegitimate child," "not supplicatory," "bitter," and a "myth" (1999: 25, 32, 104).
The "Hymn to Zeus" retains most of the classical hymn's generic repertoire (sequence of parts, lyrical aspect, supplicatory attitude, decorum of subject, elaborate rhetorical style) while reorienting its traditional values and enlarging its scale to encompass both religion and Stoic philosophy.
The singer's reference to himself as "one who worships thee, / And every form containing thee" maintains both the poem's supplicatory style and the dialectic of separation and integration that most classical hymns require (81-82).
Critics have wondered at the uncharacteristically supplicatory and solemn attitude Shelley adopts in the poem, and frequently they conclude that he intends irony.
Starting with satirical supplicatory verses attributed to Nasir-khusraw Qubadiyani, it was evident that he was aiming not only at Mir Fattah but all the ulama:
In "Pre-Prayer," Lo Liyong adopts incantatory and supplicatory modes: "The hen firsts points the water in its mouth to the Sky God / before swallowing it" (11).
The supplicatory prayer, for example, always contained an address to God, a description of the supplicant's distress, a motive clause (why it would be in God's interest to grant this prayer), and the prayer itself, the supplication.
George Bernard Shaw famously castigated it for not having the "true funeral relish", and it is not too difficult to understand what he meant by the remark: Brahms' German Requiem scarcely attempts any dramatic utterance, is reflective rather than supplicatory, and leaves no room for breast-beating.