The attack on the nation state--a less orotund
formulation might say our unwitting self-demolition--proceeds apace on several fronts.
In his orotund
preface to Hymns of the Primitive Church he addressed himself to the Church of England with a kind of heavy playfulness:
lips," he said, then with an orotund
twinkling in his eyes (an old linguist's trick), he orally mimed the word yes, adding an exclamation mark in midair by way of the aforementioned sign lingo.
The bar was populated by colonial types, men and women who were far too old now to moderate the orotund
manner in which they addressed each other.
The language is early modern--that is, the Latinate words, orotund
sentences, and high tone of the English Renaissance, but the sentiment is Romantic, as Wordsworth intoned and now Austen adopts.
if he had had a tighter editor, Lord Jenkins might also have been prodded to be less orotund
in a few places.
His diction was more pungent than that of the Leeds Mercury, which tended toward the orotund
Skillings comes off as a bore, rather like one of his own orotund
Both poets sought a pentameter that would sound more natural, less orotund
and Tennysonian, and in doing so they reintroduced into the line (deliberately or otherwise) a feature that had hitherto (as the following table shows) characterized only the specifically oral medium of Shakespeare's dramatic verse: catalexis, or the omission of nonbeatbearing syllables in the line:
We all know," she says, adopting a mocking, orotund
tone, "that dance is important.
But the model for the rhetorician whose orotund
sentences ravished the minds and hearts of those who heard him on the radio was Mark Antony, the spellbinder who provokes mutiny while saying, "Good friends, sweet friends, let me not stir you up/To such a flood of mutiny" (Julius Caesar 3.
He repeats the orotund
sentence to himself and glows in the warmth of self-satisfaction, finding himself "rather pleased with that response" (45).