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Rather, "What shall be grand in thee," wrote Melville searching his far-flung waters of memory, "must needs be plucked at from the skies, and dived for in the deep, and featured in the unbodied air."
Likewise, even while attempting seduction, the narrator of Elegy II ("To his mistress going to bed") notes that souls must be "unbodied" to "taste whole joys" (13).
And there is a more objective reason for Men to fear some Elves: the Unbodied or Houseless, who after losing their body (as commented on above), refused the summon of Mandos and wandered in the world, remaining in regret and self-pity, and "filled with bitterness, grievance and envy." These Houseless spirits are "unable to inhabit it [the world], haunting trees or springs or hidden places that once they knew.
Unbodied by what is actually spatial symmetry in railway lavatory design, he grasps at a bit of remembered folk mythology: "Had I met the kannerezed noz / on a night road without recognizing them, / the ghostly Breton women / who wash the shrouds of the death-fated?" Such an allusion often springs into a poem, as if spontaneously to Almon's mind.
While he curses his "inverted time" that violates "God's grand stratagem" and causes "the young [to be] unbodied of their souls before the old," he does little to counteract the forces effecting the inversion.
(43) Here Boyarin notes that 'Paul's interpretation of Genesis is virtually identical to Philo's.' (44) For Philo, the first story of Gen 1 tells of an entirely spiritual being, a 'singular unbodied Adam-creature', whose designation as both male and female really means a primal androgyne of no sex.
Unbodied it sings all the way downstream, all the way to the single ocean, head floating in current downriver singing.