Verging on the age of 50, I had been struck by a certain feeling of desolateness
. How shall I understand all that is going to happen around me?
In the opening salvoes of the preface, the author does not flinch from acknowledging the public image of the palace--the common perception of the royal estate since it was opened to the public in the early 19th century has been that it is a curious relic of a bygone age'--and a few pages later he quotes an 1890 commentator noting an 'air of stately desolateness
' about the place, a feeling of melancholy that still perhaps presides today.
Gander's earliest such ally is Thomas Traherne, whose recently rescued poem "The Desolateness
of Absence" provides him with a mystic Christian analogue for his own phenomenological poetics.
Woolf's description of Septimus's condition is astonishing in its dispassionate power of insight and also of sympathy as she depicts him before and after the war, when he is sinking inexorably into an abyss of nothingness and desolateness
. The fact is that Septimus never escapes from no-man's-land, that his only future is the death that, as the soldier-poet Sir Herbert Read has observed, he even now shares intimately with all those before him who had fought and died in the trenches.
(61) Moreover, like Hester Prynne, Free Love editors acted as confidants and confessors to those, as described by one of them, "who, by bitter experience know the desolateness
of a loveless marriage" as well as "to those who have suffered by misplaced affection and unhallowed passions." (62)
Kris Stone's set design was, in a word, stoic, emphasizing the desolateness
The first glimpse of Castle Dismal likewise provokes "a feeling of solemnity akin to awe" (19) in the narrator, Ned Clifton, who notes the "tone of gloom and coldness" (18), a "melancholy and chilling" (23), "strangely dark and somberous," and "impressive aspect of desolateness
The overall result of our inquiry points to the possibility of a different reading of the working-class uses of Fourteenth Street: the prevalent imagery of decay and desolateness