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Synonyms for divagation

Synonyms for divagation

a message that departs from the main subject

a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern)

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In Experience de la campagne, the terrace is the critical linchpin that serves as a narrative constant across divagations and diegetic levels, uniting the physical and narrative spaces of the text.
Is the word "divagation," for example, the most likely or neutral descriptive term to comprehend the syntactical forms of inversion, interpolation, breaking off, addition, and asyndeton that Chapter 3 treats, or does the term, from the outset, anticipate and forecast the match with the "sprawling, episodic, casually organized dramatic structures" (40) of romance?
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)?
Rapid fabrication or redefinition of Swann's Kitschmyth, however, resolves the nature of this injurious data: "qu'elle allat chez des maquerelles, se livrat a des orgies avec des femmes, qu'elle menat la vie crapuleuse de creatures abjectes, quelle divagation insensee, a la realisation de laquelle, Dieu merci, les chrysanthemes imagines, les thes successifs, les indignations vertueuses ne laissaient aucune place!" (p.
As Barthes writes in Camera Lucida, during his divagation sparked by an 1865 portrait of a condemned man, every photograph confronts its beholder with both ontological evidence that the subject "has been" and a premonition that the subject will some day no longer exist.
Little wonder that it prompted a contemporary critic, Charles Caffin, to complain that 'such a divagation from good taste [is] intolerably silly'!
123 Glaciers generate valleys with typical forms, and favor the divagation of rivers, that is to say, changes in their beds and direction of flow, and this leads to undermining of the banks and the formation of steep reliefs.
The reader, holding that book, holds the city and the mind that grew to compass it; the hero and the circumstances that made him; the finished work between covers and the interior habit of endless divagation that makes covers ultimately superfluous.
The stages of Wiley's "enskyment" (Robinson Jeffers's coinage) are like sections of a shattered picture-plane, except that each contains some dilation or divagation that expand the picture.
Le lac Mezaia, lieu de villegiature pour beaucoup de familles bejaouies, apres un moment de gloire, est retombee dans la divagation.
His way of implicitly reprimanding Dante for his divagation from Beatrice is courtesy itself: "Let our not singing your ode, Voi che "ntendendo il terzo ciel movete, seem a favor to you," a long way from the directness of Cato's rebuke.
In electing to leave it unstaged and recorded, instead, in the inebriated Borachio's narrative, Shakespeare has been accused by one quizzical critic of forgoing "a transparent record of the event for a fuddled divagation." (19)
Ainsi Frank Lestringant ne peut resister au plaisir d'evoquer, dans ses "Conclusions," d'Alfred de Musset, "la divagation byronienne de Namouna, imitation libre de Beppos et de Don Juan, ou la structure strophique epouse, plutot qu'elle ne decrit la saccade effrenee du seducteur eternel, courant de femme en femme a la recherche de l'absolu.
Papers, as distinct from essays, often hinge on voice and performance; that must have been the case with Gary Taylor's divagation (`Feeling Bodies'), its contrived tone of improvisation jarring badly in print.