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However, the range of unlikeness does not reach the threshold required by Burrows to apply Delta successfully in the sense that "any text we care to submit to the test must by definition be 'least unlike' some members of the group" (Burrows, 2003: 15).
The preface, titled "The Marriage of Marianne and Uncle Sam," frames the history that follows as a tale of "that strange shotgun marriage between an utterly foreign population and our American people, which took place in 1803," a relationship "in which each has modified the thoughts and habits of the other, of the new manner of life they have evolved," and "a fascinating tale by reason of its uncontrolled passion, its quaint foreign flavor, its tropic tang, its unlikeness to the grim saga of the settlement of New England" (xiii).
Streete argues that a new English notion of all humans' fundamental unlikeness to God, because of their distortion by sin, contributed to Renaissance iconoclasm, since the chain of assumed likenesses leading to the king--that "little God," as James I approvingly called himself (206)--could be nothing but a chain of false signs.
As an aural pattern that works by likeness and unlikeness, the rhyme also underscores his honest yet imperfect attempt to reconcile himself to his origins.
Aside from the obvious ear unlikeness (donkey ears are enormous, compared to horse ears), there are other physical ways to tell that you're sitting on an ass and not on a pony.
He converted the biblical concept of God's unlikeness to any created being into the philosophical principle of the incorporeality and simplicity of God.
For Christian theists the reasoning that has enabled them to have a dialogue with science is analogical thinking, allowing for both a likeness and an unlikeness between the reality of God and the reality of finite things.
Richard Fein saw it as a turn in Lowell's faith, a sign that he was "moving from the religious bone and gristle of Land of Unlikeness to the painful flesh of Life Studies" (50).
Thus, because God was an emblematist engaging in the creative use of metaphor, Agamben can see how "according to the implicit wisdom of the emblematic project, this displacement is also a token of redemption, this unlikeness a superior likeness," metaphor's perceivable, liberating potential (143).
diversity: Diversity is the state of being different or of unlikeness (dictionary definition).
The weakness of Machiavelli's theory of imitation, as criticism has recognized, is that it presupposes both the continuity and the discontinuity, or the likeness and unlikeness of past and present.