Tuesday, March 22, 2011


plangently [ˈplændʒəntlɪ] adv.

1.) In a way that beats strongly or distressingly on the mind or feelings (Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd Ed.).

Etymology: Latin plangens, plangent- present participle of plangere, to strike, lament.

"If Wordsworth's Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood possessed only the wisdom found also in Freud, then we could cease calling it "the Great Ode." Wordsworth too saw repetition or second chance as essential for development, and his ode admits that we can redirect our needs by substitution or sublimation. But the ode plangently also awakens into failure, and into the creative mind's protest against time's tyranny" (The Anxiety of Influence: A Theory of Poetry, Harold Bloom, 1973).

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