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Modern Language Quarterly (1997) 58 (3): 356–359.
Published: 01 September 1997
...Harold K. Bush, Jr. 356 MLQ I September 1997 “Doers of the Wmd”: African-American Women Speakers and Writers in the North (1830-1880).By Carla L. Peterson. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995. ix + 284 pp. $35.00. While recent critics...
Modern Language Quarterly (2021) 82 (1): 27–53.
Published: 01 March 2021
...James Kuzner Abstract This essay dwells on George Herbert’s “The Flower” and on how its speaker can love and praise God. Writing of praise and doubt, Stanley Cavell remarks that the problem of skepticism is partly a problem of finding an object that one can praise, a search that certainly occurs...
Modern Language Quarterly (2014) 75 (3): 385–409.
Published: 01 September 2014
...-expressive endeavor of bodies. Moreover, his use of Lucretian physics in Paradise Lost challenges established models of providential superintendence. From Satan to the poem’s speaker to Adam and Eve, this challenge presents itself most enduringly through the Lucretian concept of self-motion, of animate...
Modern Language Quarterly (1977) 38 (3): 219–241.
Published: 01 September 1977
... thoughts to think on thy disdain, And let my mouth savour of thy distaste, And love flow from my breast since thine did stream, And learn my body with thy grief to waste, And in thy Cross mine honour to esteem. The speaker asks for nothing less than...
Modern Language Quarterly (1968) 29 (2): 145–160.
Published: 01 June 1968
... with a part, with the rest adumbrated and taken up in still other poems. From these it is possible to reconstruct the typical Wyatt “love situation.” First of all there is the speaker himself, “Wyatt” as he chooses to project himself in poetry, who may or may not have been coextensive...
Modern Language Quarterly (1984) 45 (2): 144–162.
Published: 01 June 1984
... the Gipsy as an ideal, though they differ about its nature. I will argue that the poem does not possess, and should not be assumed to possess, this resolved, harmonious coherence: its unity derives from the dramatized conflict in the mind of its speaker. The Gipsy’s nature changes radically from...
Modern Language Quarterly (1947) 8 (3): 267–289.
Published: 01 September 1947
..., as in : Se: f “sheep”, Bwe: jer “brothers-in- law”, ge:rde “gardens” (with lengthening of MHG vowel before r plus dental). PaG [el PaG [el is a short, mid-front vowel. Some speakers have a lowered variety of this phoneme in a few words where [r] follows; others have...
Modern Language Quarterly (1971) 32 (2): 143–157.
Published: 01 June 1971
...- sion of man’s fate by presenting us with a series of brilliantly drawn but limited speakers. Many of the passages that lead critics to seek in St. Bonaventure, Renaissance Neoplatonism, or Descartes the correct inter- pretation of “The Garden,” or that tempt...
Modern Language Quarterly (1961) 22 (2): 181–191.
Published: 01 June 1961
... is not explicitly limited, as in the example from Rilke’s later poems. The strangest relationship established is that between the bird and the speaker, the lyrical “I.” This bird is frequently addressed by the speaker; in fact, the form of the poem, which has completely aban- doned the restrictions...
Modern Language Quarterly (1966) 27 (3): 306–322.
Published: 01 September 1966
... artistic legacy? If there is no consolation in contemplating Gregory’s death, why is the speaker neither overcome with sorrow nor coldly hostile toward a universe that kills its most brilliant young men? In order to answer these questions, we must consider an oddly neglected facet...
Modern Language Quarterly (1970) 31 (4): 440–449.
Published: 01 December 1970
...,” Maynard Mack points out that the two agents to be considered “in the fictive situation’’ of Pope’s satires always are “the person speaking and the person ad- dressed.” Mack convincingly argues that Pope’s satires are misread whenever we mistake the first of these agents, the satiric speaker...
Modern Language Quarterly (1971) 32 (3): 255–267.
Published: 01 September 1971
... echoes and analogues and to claim that these constitute a “short-hand means’’ by which “Pope persuades the reader that it is not merely Mrs X who is dead, but a goddess, the ideal of a hundred poet The speaker finally agrees that the Lady is not a goddess and cannot be idealized by any poet...
Modern Language Quarterly (1988) 49 (1): 19–37.
Published: 01 March 1988
... articulates some emotional and intellectual implications of a fading of the grounds of being. Here Montaignesque or even Cartesian doubt-as well as Hobbes’s dis- cussion of memory as “decaying sense”-is made to serve the speaker’s sense of the fragility of life and love? All my...
Modern Language Quarterly (1990) 51 (4): 491–512.
Published: 01 December 1990
... of that distinc- tion, Miirike’s poems abandon the tacit attempt to maintain a normalized speaking voice which vitiates so many conventional Biedermeier texts. As his speakers concentrate their vision and endeavor to shed the incidental, they find the mental categories that would anchor experience...
Modern Language Quarterly (2005) 66 (4): 505–538.
Published: 01 December 2005
... MLQ December 2005 anticipates what the blues heralds for the future. Though the speaker may wonder whether the blues will bring reprieve or keep “a comin the book itself demonstrates that “what de blues’ll bring” is more blues, the poems that constitute Fine Clothes to the Jew...
Modern Language Quarterly (1948) 9 (3): 322–342.
Published: 01 September 1948
...] is used by many speakers along the western border of Berks County and westward from there into Lebanon County. Moreover, isolated in- stances of [Se:f] also occur in Lehigh County and in central Berks County. The customary plural for the word [friixd-kAmer] “granary...
Modern Language Quarterly (1972) 33 (4): 396–404.
Published: 01 December 1972
... the word be construed as hav- ing a symbolic function at all. The songs do not work in the way Gleckner suggests because point of view is qualified by the perspective of the speaker of each song, and innocence is seen variously by various speakers. One might go so far as to remark that each...
Modern Language Quarterly (1968) 29 (4): 395–406.
Published: 01 December 1968
...,”s and in the speaker’s contrary assertion that the lock, a symbol of beauty no less than of vanity, will be inscribed permanently in the heavens as a comet. The fact of her beauty ironically emphasizes the pathos of mortality, the subject of Clarissa’s speech in Canto V. But the ending...
Modern Language Quarterly (1970) 31 (3): 308–329.
Published: 01 September 1970
... recapitulations of Petrarch, critics now tell us, may be an effort to feel out a position for the speakers of his other poems; the violence done to “Una candida cerva” (7) is now accepted and appre- ciated.1° One of the activities of Wyatt’s “versions” appears to be a self- defense, or the definition...
Modern Language Quarterly (1990) 51 (4): 535–554.
Published: 01 December 1990
... of the poem: “Nor did it occur to one of us there / To doubt they were kneeling then.” The countercurrent introduced in the next two lines-“So fair a fancy few would weave / In these years presents the speaker’s nostalgia for a time he can no longer in- habit. Here Hardy uses memory to link...