Despite the implicit emphasis on the woman's voice,(5) it is important to note that the problem of inarticulateness
is not represented, in La vie scelerate, as an exclusively female dilemma.
As Reichman maintains, a modernist aesthetic "casts its lots with intuition and inarticulateness
rather than reason or intellect" (162), the latter which she associates with the relative paucity of the legal idiom.
Much of the talk about elitism tiptoes around the issue that has gnawed at many Palin critics--namely, that behind her inarticulateness
is a genuine lack of intellectual heft.
Likewise, what should we make of the inarticulateness
of Crafts's field slaves (definitively not a product of any species of snobbery on Hannah's part), when set beside the speech of one of Dickens's brickmakers about the filthy water and appalling conditions:
Schenker describes how the poem's repetitions constitute a form of deliberate inarticulateness
and so depict a world devoid of stable meaning.
To quote Donald Hall: "When we wish to embody in language a complex of feelings or sensations or ideas, we fall into inarticulateness
; attempting to speak, in the heat or love of argument, we say nothing or we say what we do not intend." More profoundly, he states: [Poems] "exist to say the unsayable." Poetry gives a far richer sensate experience and representation of nuanced opinions and lives that are far too easily summarized with the racial joke or prejudiced view.
Suddenly, after nearly 200 years of inarticulateness
and a tradition of lack of self-expression and self-analysis ...
We have made our students suspicious of textual pleasures and then have become despondent about their inarticulateness
and smug about our own declaring with absolute certainty that academic rigour is the only way to right our slipping standards, that we are in the business of discipline not creativity.
Everybody is suffering from something, and to my mind one of the worst sufferings is inarticulateness
it is simply awful--to feel bursting with a terrible desire to express yourself and to be sort of paralysed, it can grow into an anguish.
So it's an attempt to articulate the inarticulateness
of being human.
Jim Bond cries out, but his crying and Rosa's frothing inarticulateness
as she lies in front of Sutpen's Hundred take place in Quentin's mind.
The themes of inarticulateness
, miscommunication, and solipsism, so evident in Creeley's work, indicate a futile desire or need to fix and control relationships and identities.
The central figure is Kaspar Hauser, who had long fascinated Klaus as "the orphan of Europe"; Klaus identified with Hauser's alienation from the world around him, his "outsiderhood" and inarticulateness
. These oneiric prose poems have little in common stylistically with The Pious Dance, but certain abiding themes and topics are present: the desire for a mother-sister figure to aid him; and an attraction to blond youths who represent the love of life that's denied to the swarthy, morbid Kaspar.
(1) But for a range of fairly obvious reasons, amongst them embarrassment and the very inarticulateness
that Byron was assuaging, these readers tend to be fairly quiet.
His public inarticulateness
has less to do with intelligence, which comes in many different varieties, than with the fact that he's against ideas.