40) Knowing Patmore's prosodic genius, Gosse complained of his ascetic self-restrictions: "So admirable an artist has rarely been content to do so little with his art; so brilliant and pungent a thinker has perhaps never been content so long to dwell on the very borderland of insipidity
To read too much of him at a sitting makes one aware of a certain flatness or insipidity
in his prose, which at first had seemed bracingly direct and unadorned, as well as urbane.
It seems that the trend these days is toward lyric insipidity
, and not being inclined to brook the tide, Brooke embraces it with earnestness if not relish.
Although everyone may have had a good time making this homegrown product, it's poorly engineered and laid back to the point of insipidity
- except for a Ventures-style "Swan Lake Christmas," which oddly features Doughboy Art Greenhaw, not Edwards.
major centre for composition' (Love); the insipidity
The Holy Family with St Anne, the last religious scene from Basel, curiously has Huber-like figures in a setting assiduously copied from Cranach, yet in its insipidity
lacks the force of either.
His generation, the "children of the war rubble," had known nothing else but this steady adherence to an equally steady "reconstruction," the ubiquitous insipidity
and a country dominated (indeed governed) by grey-haired old men; tedium festering in "eternal Sunday afternoons with the mowing of lawns" (1985, 61).
Finally, in a country inhabited by persons of different religions, languages and ethnic community, emphasis on a bond of social cohesion or identification applicable to a part of the Sudanese society -- Islamism or Arabism -- dilutes Sudanese nationality, the only unifying bond, to the point of insipidity
The result can be permanent loss of forests or the insipidity
of uniform spacing and species.
John Halperin lists "patterns" of behavior silently underwriting Mansfield Park's "habitual vacuity," such as "patterns of heartlessness (Sir Thomas Bertram), insipidity
(Lady Bertram), avarice (Mrs.
As it is, the insipidity
of the facture is incompatible with the metaphor of violence they imply.
What redeemed him from insipidity
was his intense personal distress at the vanishing of the American wilderness and the sense that he was witness to the progress of a slow stately tragedy.
Each student is asked an outrageous question in front of the class and is graded on the civility and insipidity
of his response.