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By Nicholas Royle, Andrew Bennett

This publication provides the major serious techniques in literary reports at the present time, keeping off the jargonistic, summary nature of a lot `theory'. The authors discover an important matters in modern feedback and idea via focusing heavily on quite a number texts, from Chaucer to Achebe and from Milton to Morrison. 

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The complicated metaphoricity of these lines, their sheer insistent textuality, dissolves any illusion of corporeal presence. Moreover, as we have suggested, the speaker interprets the woman’s blush just as we interpret his lines. The fiction of immediacy in Marvell’s poem, the reiterated force of the ‘now’, is derived above all perhaps from the extraordinary turn that occurs at the start of the second verse-paragraph: ‘But at my back I always hear / Time’s wingèd chariot hurrying near’. This ‘always’ evokes the constant imminence of something, an unceasing urgency and apprehension that is always there, always ‘hurrying near’, regardless of whether we are reading or making love, writing or fighting.

But at my back I always hear Time’s wingèd chariot hurrying near: And yonder all before us lie Deserts of vast eternity. qxd 13/05/2004 14:44 Page 29 . The text and the world 30 35 40 45 My echoing song: then worms shall try That long-preserved virginity: And your quaint honour turn to dust; And into ashes all my lust. The grave’s a fine and private place, But none, I think, do there embrace. Now, therefore, while the youthful hue Sits on thy skin like morning dew, And while thy willing soul transpires At every pore with instant fires, Now let us sport us while we may, And now, like amorous birds of prey, Rather at once our time devour, Than languish in his slow-chapped power.

Something would have passed, in life, between us; if nothing had passed one of us would have moved. The moment was so prolonged that it would have taken but little more to make me doubt if even I were in life. I can’t express what followed it save by saying that the silence itself . . became the element into which I saw the figure disappear. (135) 9. Telepathy. This is an uncanny idea not least because it involves the thought that your thoughts are perhaps not your own, however private or concealed you might have assumed them to be.

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