He reported that the prison "stank to high heaven" and that a stream flowing through the stockade had formed a gummy pond "Green with putrescence
, filling the air with its messengers of disease and death.
Morris indicates that this is "repellent imagery that evokes contamination, hybridity, decay, and putrescence
, all in the service of vicious misogyny directed toward an ex-lover," and he describes the music of this text as "harsh" and "distasteful" (64-65).
all I ask [the Southern Gothic novelist] to do is to deal as honestly with living tissue as he now deals with decay, to remind himself that the colors of putrescence
have no greater validity for our age, for any age, than have--let us say, to be very daring--the cardinal virtues.
Afterward, they go to the adjacent market to buy oil and herbs to prepare a balm to anoint a body in putrescence
let him realise how grand and glorious a thing it is to have distilled all Youth and Joy and Life into a foetid heap of hideous putrescence
It originates precisely in what eludes the victim himself, in what exists without him and allows him to elude the institution that takes him as its adopted son only through reducing him to that [ca], putrescence
Having exposed as fraudulent one artist's use of the "Sickness of America" as an excuse for the "disintegration of his artistic powers," he reverses the causal connection in order to diagnose national disease as the product of poetic degradation: "There is no body of work in literature that, conceived of as some kind of diversion from the stringencies of art, will not rot and its putrescence
affect the population" (159).
In an odd way, eighteenth-century court putrescence
finds a reflection in the delusions and conceits of cosmopolitan early twenty-first-century culture.
The killer, played with creepy elan by Malcolm Moorman, is the perfect sociopath, in whom the intriguing mixture of masculine swagger, unrelenting self-confidence, and physical beauty devolves into a delightful putrescence
, eliciting more gasps of pleasure than moans of disgust.
is apt to throw the aroma of a substance (for a while) into higher relief: we actually speak of venison that is "high", of haut gout.