And as I strive to body forth
the tale Of all I suffer, all that thou hast done, Forth shall the dread voice roll, and bear along Shreds from my vitals torn for greater pain.
But from whatever cause, the tendency hardened into a ruling convention; thousands upon thousands of medieval manuscripts seem to declare that the world is a mirage of shadowy forms, or that it exists merely to body forth
remote and highly surprising ideas.
And this in turn raises the interesting possibility that her master narrative of race and rape, her miasmatic plantation of the collective cultural mind, could now be said to function as a folktale, a "classic" whose endless iterations rely on subtle formal shifts to body forth
the lessons of its archetypically static content.