v. t.1.To mar or destroy the perfection of.
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Beside him glided Caderousse, whose desire to partake of the good things provided for the wedding-party had induced him to become reconciled to the Dantes, father and son, although there still lingered in his mind a faint and unperfect recollection of the events of the preceding night; just as the brain retains on waking in the morning the dim and misty outline of a dream.
In the printer's epistle to the reader, which discusses Hoby's reluctance to bring the text into print, Harvey has underlined the following phrase: "the Author thought it much better to keepe it in darknes a while, then to put it in light unperfect {+} and in piecemeale to serve the time" (Hoby 1561, 2).
Darkness the deep, the Deep the solid hid: Where things did in unperfect Causes sleep, Until Gods Spirit mov'd the quiet deep, Brooding the creatures under wings of Love, As tender birds hatcht by a Turtle Dove.
4:08), "Make War Upon This Bloody Tyrant Time" (3:08), "As an Unperfect Actor on the Stage" (3:30), "Weary With Toil, I Haste To My Bed" (3:23), "Surprised by Joy" (5:17), "If I Were Loved As I Desire To Be" (4:33), "Am I To Lose You?
As an unperfect actor on the stage: Notes Towards a Definition of Performance and Performativity in Shakespeare's Sonnets.
Yet another weakness is the failure to acknowledge previous exponents of a similar thesis, above all the pioneering work of the Yugoslav Communist dissenter, Milovan Djilas, in his Unperfect Society published in 1969.
As an unperfect actor on the stage, Who with his fear is put beside his part, Or some fierce thing replete with too much rage, Whose strength's abundance weakens his own heart; So I, for fear of trust, forget to say The perfect ceremony of love's rite, And in mine own love's strength seem to decay, O'ercharged with burthen of mine own love's might: O let my looks be then the eloquence And dumb presagers of my speaking breast, Who plead for love, and look for recompense, More than that tongue that more hath more expressed.
6), that peerless verbal gesture of devotion that the fearful speaker, like "an unperfect actor on the stage," studies and strives in vain to articulate.
Shakespeare uses it twice in his sonnets: in sonnet 23, "As an unperfect actor on the stage," and in sonnet 37, "As a decrepit father takes delight.
The reason is, because, like as when a man doth promise, that he will sell his Land, the Land is not thereby sold in deed, but promised to be sold afterwards; so whiles the Parties do promise only, that they will take, or will marry; they do not thereby presently take or marry: But deferring the accomplishment of that promise, until another time, the Knot in the mean time is not so surely tied, but that it may be loosed, whiles the matter is in suspense and unperfect.