Anarchy--to negate a word deriving from the Greek not just for rule, but command, empire, and beginning--becomes in this alternative tradition a chaos identified with entropy and dulness
19) Leonard Welsted, 'Of Dulness
and Scandal Occasioned by the Character of Lord Timon in Mr.
although my lord bear with my dulness
, and take pains himself to teach me.
In the modest compass of this 'Guide' no attempt has been made to embody the minute first-to-the-right-and-second-to-the left detail of the German 'Baedeker,' or the historical amplitude of the insular 'Murray,' or the Scotch dulness
of the blue-bond 'Black.
Almost four decades later in 1889 Lowell referred to 'the dulness
of the average English mind.
2] While structurally Bedlam is held in place as a topographical indicator, located within a series of relative clauses on the way to where Dulness
is found 'in clouded Majesty' (I, 45), and on the way, therefore, to the enthronement of Cibber himself as hero of the poem, nevertheless Bedlam's significance as the true home of Dulness
and as giving birth to the chains of insanity-driven images that cross and recross the poem, is proudly and resonantly asserted.
Forrester was, dulness
was impossible, Niel believed.
IF Vandal Ears with native Dulness
curst, Damn the best Musick, and applaud the worst; If thou to dull P -- -- ti quit the Field, And Bards(*) inspir'd, to duller C -- -- i yield; Repine not but attend the sure Event, And with the pleasing Prospect rest content.
Bored with studying law after graduating from Harvard College, he experimented with different verse forms and indited his first sustained poem, a satirical portrait of nine young women entitled "A Vision," influenced by Trumbull's Progress of Dulness
Allen, The Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians (1836; Everyman edn, London, 1908), 337, 359, for the widespread `habit of regulating their motions, and relieving the dulness
of their occupations .
As far as the Scriblerians are concerned, Mr Heaney is so intent on stressing the snobbery, hypocrisy, vindictiveness, and political prejudice which, he believes, characterize their attitude to Grub Street that, though he refers to The Dunciad as 'a masterpiece', he fails to enter into any serious engagement with those commentators for whom Pope's vision of literary Dulness
has an acuteness of perception and a rich vividness of imaginative life which make it far more than a mere expression of ideological bias or personal animus.
Livy said: 'The trouble with Pollio is that when he writes history he feels obliged to suppress all his finer, more poetical feelings, and make his characters behave with conscientious dulness
, and when he puts a speech into their mouth he denies them the least oratorical ability.
2) In particular, the representations of Errour in Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Sin in Paradise Lost, Criticism in Swift's Battle of the Books, and Dulness
in Pope's Dunciad exemplify the authority that women derive from their reproductive capacity, the patriarchal fear of that female power, and the responding strategy of demonization, which looks to justify female containment as a social and moral imperative.
We not only conceive some idea of what the other is experiencing, but in a weaker degree also feel something like it; for to conceive or imagine that we are feeling something "excites some degree of the same emotion, in proportion to the vivacity or dulness
of the conception.
In Connecticut JOHN TRUMBULL , whose wit had been directed against collegiate follies in The Progress of Dulness
(1772-73), pointed it now toward Tories and mob-directed rebels in the deft octosyllables of M'FINGAL (1772-82), which became, perhaps after the ubiquitous