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'In establishing such a tension', he concludes, those poets 'created the formal patterns that could best reflect their approach to their primary thematic concerns--self, love, and death--through ambivalence, paradox, and inexpressibility' (p.
Dunbar's preoccupation with rhetorical aspect of poetic making--cognates of "rethorike" appear in each of the last three stanzas, as well as in the eighth stanza, where the speaker first turns to the inexpressibility topos--should be understood in light of the Reson's defeat.
Both the "inexpressibility trope" and the description of sacred experience in sensual terms recall the mystical and devotional literature associated with lay piety, and the lack of reference to the liturgy--in contrast with the Old Testament plays--suggests that the playwright was attempting to represent a piety purified of any associations with the official Church.
(1219-22) We may recognize here the "inexpressibility motif" ubiquitous in the genre, but I would argue that the emphasis on the unstable pen takes on a new significance in relation to Jane's artistic 'struggles.
Expressed only in its inexpressibility, the residue of the unexpressed is desire.
Interesting arguments about the impossibility of a rational and logical description of the fundamental Christian truths we find in the remarkable modern Romanian theologian Dumitru Staniloae (Koman 2008), which, in his opinion, does not testify to their absolute inexpressibility. "All attempts at scientific definition and doctrinal explanations--notes Dumitru Staniloae--with which the West tried (and is still trying to) replace the symbolic explanation of the mystery, come from the delusion that this mystery can be clearly expressed in human words.
In a similar vein, Elaine Scarry attributes the difficulties inherent to war accounts to pain's inexpressibility which generates a discursive crisis and reveals an important dilemma: "Either it remains inarticulate or else the moment it first becomes articulate it silences all else: the moment language bodies forth the reality of pain, it makes all further statements and interpretations seem ludicrous and inappropriate" (60).
'"Things That Lie on the Surface': Modernism, Impersonality, and Emotional Inexpressibility." Disclosure 16: 59-86.
(39) And in at least some of these examples the inexpressibility of the ultimate truth is equated with, or at least analogized to, the temporal and geographic distance of Chinese Buddhists from the original source of Buddhism in India during the time of the Buddha.
The introduction concludes with a statement reminiscent of the gnomic wisdom in many of the elegies, but one that emphasizes the inexpressibility of the demons' damnation: only God knows the extent of their loss.
The universality of language is in the fact that it is not a closed area of expressibility, beside which would sit other areas of inexpressibility, but it is all-encompassing (Corradi Fiumara 2006; Costache 2016).
(35.1-8) We recognize that, so as to emphasize his bewilderment at the phenomenon that is Stella, Astrophil's questions merge the inexpressibility topos and adynata.