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to turn aside, especially from the main subject in writing or speaking

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lose clarity or turn aside especially from the main subject of attention or course of argument in writing, thinking, or speaking

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Does Conley, however, really need to prepare his reader for the divagations of his exposition by 1) citing an off-heard, now cliched joke about the paranoia of psychologists and 2) invoking Pascal's metaphorical wager in a florid metonymical pastiche that attributes to contemporary editorial endeavors "a secular version of this soul-shaking gambit" (60)?
Steele's teleological point of view flattens out the complexities and divagations of historical circumstances.
is treated sympathetically, but the complexities and divagations of his
For Pound's translation, see Pavannes and Divagations (London: Owen, 1960), pp.
Or, les journaux canadiens-francais, toujours prets 'a reproduire les oracles du prophete francais, gardaient un silence qu'on imagine gene devant ces divagations.
Divagations and lucubrations are of little value here.
There is a crux at the end of "Totem and Taboo," but we must be allowed to question the divagations that have led us there; for if the anthropology of cairns can be better understood cross-culturally in the ancient world, does this necessarily permit us to establish that the golden bough - something in itself very different from the material adduced - also shares this multiple and shared provenance?
Meanwhile, since no independent translations are given here, the non-Provengalist who wants to see what Pound has done with Arnaut's meaning will find it hard to get an idea of the general character of his work, and must depend on the editor to pick out the more notable divagations.
That the dilatoriness of Endymion's narrative, its seemingly endless subplots and divagations, exist in the service of the sudden moment is clearest from Keats's hastily executed conclusion to the poem.
Practically, too, a further consequence of the setting up of divisions between connotation and notation--a division at work in how a poet is supposed to handle language--is that it puts a fire-wall at the heart of poetic expression: what I might term the abundance, the sheer variousness, of utterance--its directness, its wandering way, its divagations and its energy, its talk and its transparency--are de-emphasized in favour of writing which concentrates on tropes and metaphors which work connotatively.
Kathy Acker's Blood and Guts in High School (1978) is a messy novel filled with nihilistic divagations and high-theory musings, juvenile drawings of cunts and cocks, unstable characters on a bombastic path of nonbecoming.
Paul Bogdanor's eighty pages of commentary on Noam Chomsky's divagations on the so-called cosmological sinfulness of Israel are the boldest and most powerful refutations of the MIT thinker known to this writer, and his essay should be placed on the shelf next to Chomsky's several anti-Israel screeds.
Il en degage une etude sur la parole qui aboutit a Crise de vers ou Divagations.
Any disinterested reader of Guiraud's treatise soon realizes that he has come into the orbit of a man gripped by an idee fixe; his explication of Villon's code, complete with charts of vowels and learned dialectological divagations, stupefies.
The Lambdins do, however, paraphrase the poems fully, quote lavishly if not always accurately, notice Swinburne's divagations from earlier sources, and provide for the novice a helpful introduction to these poems.