plaintiveness


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expressing sorrowfulness

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(6) That Hart was a powerful individual who was used to getting his way in most situations seems only to have fueled the bluster with which he sought to exercise his discursive will, as well as the concomitant plaintiveness that accompanied his every utterance.
Oh wert thou in the cauld blast, On yonder lea, on yonder lea; My plaidie to the angry airt, I'd shelter thee, I'd shelter thee (1-4) (70) The expressive, plaintive refrains are notable here; it is, as McGuirk claims, 'an exceptionally fine song', (71) and it is the plaintiveness of Burns's voice which Clare achieves in 'Song: O wert thou in the storm': (72)
Grubinger is also a big-band fanatic, and is obviously at home with colleagues in that field, with whom he, his father and Schmidinger performed zestfully in Latin-American offerings, ending with another Libertango, far from the plaintiveness Piazzolla envisaged, but equally telling.
The dominant theme in these poems is the continuation of the search for the beloved, expressed with understated plaintiveness in "A City Map" (Astonishments, 99).
This playfulness tempers the many aching reports about what Kot called his "black moods." With the plaintiveness of a child, he writes, "But, Ottoline, what can I do to get out of this utter darkness and despair?
Highpoints include not only the boisterous invocation to the Muse of Satire, but also lyrics that strike a delicate balance between irony and genuine plaintiveness: "I am like a hollow tree / Where the owl & weasel hide / I am like a hollow tree / Dead in the forest of his brothers." The resulting book should appeal to a range of readers, including those interested in pastoral, in the work of Reaney's mentor Northrop Frye, and in Canadian history and literature in general.
Nevertheless, the conceptualization of something like penthos is helpful for imagining the kind of rue that works in Rehm's poetry, a plaintiveness arising from connections made, connections lost, and the sense of the importance of recognizing these connections even as they cannot satisfy the Edenic needs that trigger them.
Recounting the stories behind numerous songs and shows, the author explains how Jewish songsmiths combined their native plaintiveness and wit with Black blues to create a distinctively American musical form.
A song made in Newcastle and taken to the world, its blend of plaintiveness and revelation - you're never alone in feeling alone - touched a nerve.
He's matched by a note-perfect Parkinson, whose strong suit is plaintiveness, a quality her character quietly uses to wield power.
; then, such a sweetness and such plaintiveness, such inwreathing orisons curled up in that rosy air, that it almost seemed as if far over from the deep green convent valleys of the Manilla isles, the Spanish land-breeze, wantonly turned sailor, had gone to sea, freighted with these vesper hymns
The bleak plaintiveness of the abrupt lines that cap each stanza could as easily be the response of a precocious child as of an aged sage, and is the unanswered, perhaps the unanswerable, outcry of unaccommodated man in a cold dark world.
Listen to the plaintiveness of "Al dolce guidami castel natio" from Donizetti's Anna Bolena; the finely etched tracery in "Qui la voce sua soave" from Bellini's I Puritani; and the dexterity in the famous "Bolero" from Verdi's I vespri Siciliani.
The slight plaintiveness of this is underscored by the call to "get back to the issues." But surely Kerry had made his military service an "issue." At the bottom of the ad appear the legend "Paid for by the Democratic National Committee" and the accompanying assurance that "this communication is not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee." Even the law requires us to believe these days that, for purposes of fund-raising, the organs of a party are independent of its nominee (which is why the members of the "Swift Boat" group had to pretend to be above politics in the first place, thereby leaving themselves vulnerable to the charge of being sinister proxies).
"I'd like to use your bathroom," Harry said with a touch of plaintiveness.