The question drives Harold Bloom to write despairingly: "Nothing is alive in Isabella, and Shakespeare will not tell us why and how she has suffered such a vastation
The desolation inherent in Vastation
is much more than the famous "dark night of the soul" of St.
This is one of Barbara Guest's most singular and sustained contributions to the American avant-garde: a quietist's vastation
and a whispered overthrow.
But, Frank adds, 'I always knew when nothing was going to happen' (italics mine), when he was to experience a numinous vastation
, an arbitrary withdrawal of his powers.
misfortune nobly suffered, of vastation
of soul so irreparable.