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We can look to a selection from an earlier poem to see the apocalyptic qualities ruefulness elicits in Rehm's poetry.
The performance of European horses in the dirt races is the cause of more ruefulness. It is easy to say now that Starcraft would have been better in the Mile than the Classic, or that Leo did not have a suitable pedigree for the Juvenile, but sport is all about the pursuit of personal challenges, however unattainable they may appear to others.
Montale believed that memory was a literary genre before writing, and of this idea, Feld observes: There's little of the sands-running-out ruefulness to these observations.
This isn't the first time Lawler's camera has homed in on Hirst's most aggressively marketable art-works, and though the affectlessness of her photographs suggests a scrupulous avoidance of value judgments--in these pictures, ostensibly, a Mondrian drawing equals a Man Ray portrait equals one of Yoshitomo Nara's lamentable little pod people--it's difficult to avoid reading a certain wry ruefulness into the images.
Commenting with some degree of ruefulness on how the natural acquisitive urge can become a controlling force, Hardenberg quotes his father's advice: "Under 30 and not liberal, no heart; over 30 and still liberal, no brain."
After 20 minutes of stern defence, Coventry found themselves 12 points down and there was another occasion when ruefulness transcended guilt.
Many a man lives and dies only in the ruefulness of that middle term.
Today, as she tends her garden in a retirement community, Brevard considers her glamorous past with a mix of ruefulness and pride.
She does not regret the decision, though there is some ruefulness in her treatment of it.
(Tocqueville is not so much condemnatory as rueful; and his ruefulness is not confined to the whites of America: "Would not one say," he asks, that "the European is to men of other races what man himself is to the animals?
We can call it scandal or public notoriety, something that transcends the poet's ruefulness at being a poor player upon the stage of the Globe.
Glazer's tone modulates between realism and ruefulness, but it points it sounds as if the former is premised on the latter: "It is not a phase we can embrace wholeheartedly," Glazer writes, "and I hope my own sense of regret that we have had to come to this will not escape the reader." This is the most grudging "endorsement" of multiculturalism I can imagine, and it suggests as well that there are plenty of people for whom "we" are not -- and should not be -- multiculturalists, any more than "we" are or should be Keynesians or socialists.