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Synonyms for artlessness

the quality of innocent naivete

ingenuousness by virtue of being free from artful deceit

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and these things being its "chief" delights-and then the pre-eminent beauty and naturalness of the concluding lines, whose very hyperbole only renders them more true to nature when we consider the innocence, the artlessness, the enthusiasm, the passionate girl, and more passionate admiration of the bereaved child--
Theirs was love in all its artlessness, with its interminable conversations, unfinished speeches, long silences, oriental reposes, and oriental ardor.
It was as if I had seen Dora, in all her fascinating artlessness, caressing Agnes, and thanking her, and coaxingly appealing against me, and loving me with all her childish innocence.
The apparent artlessness of this political swindler prevented her from suspecting a trick.
Especially in the setting of the Palazzo Litta's imposing architecture, the show revealed a new dimension to the explorations of the zero degree of artlessness that make up so much of Fischli & Weiss's work--which is, as the artists have said, intended to actively avoid Bedeutungskitsch, the heavy pretentiousness of much recent artistic production and the discourse surrounding it.
In the opening line of "Overdue Pilgrimage to Nova Scotia," Merrill acknowledges the immense distance between the cosmopolitan tourist and the rural folk by admiring the artlessness of "the village," which "touched us by not knowing how" (666).
Thus by the time he concludes an essay whose apparent thesis is the artlessness of crime fiction, Chandler has revealed his true obsession, the hero, the chivalrous isolato fit to embody the ethos of Chandler's elitist alter ego.
It's one of those shots whose cleverness only hits the viewer halfway, but is all the more effective for its apparent artlessness.
This is a lot more interesting than the contribution of last week's Turner Prizewinner Wolfgang Tillmans, whose Soldiers-the Nineties is a series of newspaper images of soldiers in various recent theatres of war displayed with a deliberate school corridor artlessness.
And when Robert Lowell, for not so wholly dissimilar reasons, makes a radical departure from the muscular, baroque, allusive pyrotechnics of his early poems to come of age in the lapidary artlessness of Life Studies, was that not a form of translation as well?
In any case, such was the asceticism I imposed on myself before discovering the richness of a language I had all too sweepingly pronounced guilty: its seducible softness, its tendency to plumb the depths, its utterly supple hardness, not to mention the sheen of its dialects, its artlessness and artfulness, its eccentricities, and the beauty blossoming from its subjunctives.
In part, The Last Party is a description of bohemian New York culture in the fifties, but it reads less like Minor Characters, Joyce Johnson's understated memoir of the Kerouac-Ginsberg crowd, than like that classic kitsch tell-all, Big Love, Florence Aadland's account of her teenage daughter's affair with Errol Flynn, the standard for glitzy artlessness.
In works in this tradition--another instance is Marvelrs "Nymph complaining for the death of her Faun"--apparent artlessness and immediacy are the result of authorial calculation: their implied aesthetic, as Rebecca Ferguson says, emphasizes "the submergence of the poet's voice in the imagined experience and consciousness of his protagonist.
There's a kind of real artlessness about those people; they're really people without art.