valedictory speaker


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Noun1.valedictory speaker - the student with the best grades who usually delivers the valedictory address at commencementvaledictory speaker - the student with the best grades who usually delivers the valedictory address at commencement
bookman, scholar, scholarly person, student - a learned person (especially in the humanities); someone who by long study has gained mastery in one or more disciplines
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The parson Holmes is a proleptic caricature of another valedictory speaker of the first order, Matthew Arnold's poetic proxy in "Dover Beach," for whom "The Sea of Faith / Was once, too, at the full.
On the other hand, the valedictory speaker hopes to bring about this authority through the power of the voice alone, overriding quarrels of audience or circumstance.
While elegies, as Max Cavitch neatly puts it, "are poems about being left behind," (17) the valedictory's imagined speech situation is conditioned by the impending departure of the speaker; as many critics have noted, it is an open question (answerable only outside of the bounds of the poem) whether Ulysses or any of Tennyson's valedictory speakers ever manage to raise anchor.