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These images of dismemberment or mutilation reflect not only the dissevering of husband from wife, but of kingdom from its ruler.
Asia's later description of the effect of the song she hears might, I suggest, be understood as a backward glance that nudges readers to exercise their own version of Keats's "backward muttering of dissevering power.
In these poems spatial propriety is more uneasily held, self-possession is more at risk, and context is felt more acutely as a dissevering and dissipating force.