I think that even then I had an instinctive doubt whether formlessness
was really better than formality.
The dangers of the Classical are coldness and formality; of the Romantic, over-luxuriance, formlessness
and excess of emotion.
What transforms the consciousness of the poem's fictional painter is an intuition of the infinite and joyous mystery of a mere stain, a trace of our formlessness
, of all that we are beyond what we think we are, a meaningless - because infinite - meaning beyond all attributable, reductive meaning, in life, in art.
There is a formlessness
about much of Kawabata's writing, reminiscent of the fluid composition of renga.
Henderson also suggests a trope for this model, the "'womblike matrix' in which soundlessness can be transformed into utterance, unity into diversity, formlessness
into form, chaos into art, silence into tongues, and glossolalia into heteroglossia" (36; emphasis added).
Her short fiction, marked by the same formlessness
as Story of an African Farm, captures brilliantly the apparent emptiness of the veld, with its endless days of heat and sunshine.
Precisely installed, the show allowed viewers to examine each piece discretely and also to trace a kind of spatial narrative--Pamela Rosenkranz's water bottles, for example, were followed by Yngve Holen's sculptures based on 3-D scans of raw meat, in a graceful segue from commodity form to what might be called commodity formlessness
Another framework, more appropriate here, is the notion of formlessness
, the informe, following the seminal 1996 show at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the rigorous and influential catalogue.
Carlos Santana acts as spokesman for those who believe the evolution of Miles' music through electrification is positive, while jazz critic Stanley Crouch makes a brief but memorable appearance as dissenter, speaking against Miles' descent into formlessness
, recounting his own many vain attempts, in various stages of altered consciousness, to tolerate "Bitches Brew.
Yeats, seen as being in a rather peculiar position here, is typically celebrated for his images, but Albright shows that it is not the actual image but the process of its emergence or making, imagining or imagination, that is of more importance to Yeats: 'The true subject of the poems consists not of these formal particulars [the images themselves], but of a hovering formlessness
behind them' (p.
Bigg, and Alexander Smith, who were known for the erratic nature of their verse with its formlessness
, chaotic imagery, and exaggerations of passion.
Anxious about this formlessness
, hermother's sisters offer the child what they can.