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Synonyms for afflatus

divine guidance and motivation imparted directly


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a strong creative impulse

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By the time his poems got into Afflatus, the student magazine at Abraka which functioned as a nursery bed for budding writers, Yeibo made one point clear, that he was a poet to look out for.
(Gray 70) --but tones down the afflatus (as Gray himself does before the ode is done--"Oh, gently on thy suppliant's head, / Dread goddess, lay thy chastening hand") (72).
They were made mad by their greed for power and wealth, by the afflatus that they were anointed by the gods to rule and roil, to rant and rave, to 'salvage' and slay.
Mencken, The Divine Afflatus, in A Mencken Chrestomathy
Nor do I think we are justified in calling nationalism the "religion of the present age." A virulent and operative creed, enclosing even a good deal of unreasonableness, need not be anything like a religion: the latter requires an element of cosmic reference, of superhuman afflatus, of mystical transcendency, experienced--though not perhaps formulated--as such.
In "Authorship," from Leaves from a Notebook, Eliot acknowledges that an author's "capital is his brain-power--power of invention, power of writing," but warns against writing for money because the author "assumes the office of teacher or influencer of the public mind." The author who has the "sign of divine afflatus within," she argues, must "not pursue authorship as a vocation with a trading determination to get rich by." (23) Eliot's poem "Arion," possibly written around the same time as "Authorship," contains a similar message.
In contrast, the Ifa (Yoruba divination) corpus "exhibits a sense of the impish or humorous, sometimes scatological, recognizing that deflation of afflatus is a necessary part of social and spiritual balance and general well-being" (Soyinka 2012: 91-92).
(5) But his sinister pun on Marlowe's mighty saw, the afflatus he elsewhere jokes is used by the ham actor to "saw the air" (Hamlet, 3.2.4), suggests how he came to take seriously the Marlovian hyperbole that mighty "words are swords" (1 Tam, 1.1.74), and to appreciate that the poet who had reportedly been stabbed through the eye with his own blade had cut to the quick with what he said or "saw": "Dead shepherd, now I find thy saw of might: / 'Whoever loved that loved not at first sight?'" (As You Like It, 3.5.81-82).
In the poem Hardy characterizes the relation with the same imagery of afflatus, drawn from pederastic tradition, that in the manuscript passage quoted earlier he associates with Jude's attraction to Sue:
without Christ and the Bible and theology." (33) Noting that "a strong religious afflatus" (inspiration) had consistently been demonstrated as the best "mortar" for building a community, Hinds himself concluded with a note of scepticism on the Icarians' chances of success: "Nous verrons," or "we shall see."
The seven bands included - Afflatus from Meghalaya, Abiogenesis from Nagaland, Axis from Assam, Frisky Pints from Mizoram, Borkung Hrangkhawl from Tripura, Alien Conspiracy Theory from Manipur and the Vinyl Records, a girl band of four from Arunachal Pradesh.
She denigrates Gloria Steinem as "the divine afflatus of feminism who has made a career out of leading the herd to trendy saltlicks" and states in mock-awe: "She conquered male-dominated publishing like a Marxist Scarlett O'Hara" (Deja 23, 118).
Resurrecting Nasser's and Afflatus's Arab nationalism might no longer be possible, but there is a compelling need for an alternative discourse to the type of intellectual extremism that justifies with disturbing lucidity the butchering of the inhabitants of an entire village in Syria because of their sect or religion.
The Blakean afflatus long attributed to Malick, through which the mystic poet finds the cosmos in a grain of sand (or purling stream, dappled tree, twirling girl), has seen, over the past four decades, the hardscrabble materiality of Badlands (1973) replaced by the celestial nebulae of The Tree of Life and To the Wonder, their titles already grasping for the ineffable "glory" that the director's recent characters, hands or arms outstretched to embrace the bright firmament, often reach toward.