Counterturn

Coun´ter`turn`

    (~t rn`)
n.1.The critical moment in a play, when, contrary to expectation, the action is embroiled in new difficulties.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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For every turn of the anthropological machine, the rabbis offer a counterturn. This is very different from Agamben's appeal to Paul's advice in 1 Corinthians 7 to relate to the world under the description of the "as if not" (hos me), to live as if the categories of the law did not touch the reality of the faithful in Christ.
An irregular ode, the poem's form is used by Behn to lead the reader through the familiar steps of turn, counterturn and stand; her argument moves from a criticism of male sexuality to an analysis of female behavior relative to male sexuality, to the epode that shows how both men and women are adversely affected by the hierarchical sexual dynamic, men with their loss of desire and women with their lack of sexual satisfaction.
When Jonson chose to organize his Cary/Morison Ode with the same structure, he translated the Greek terms suggestively as "The Turn," "The Counterturn," and "The Stand." Thus the standing in The Masque of Beautie had been preceded by a double movement of the Throne of Beauty:
Barnes distinguishes "the full Pindaric [ode] with its turn, counterturn, and stand; the homostrophic or Horation; and the Irregular" (247).
The spill of its truncated experience would shine less bravely and, out of the dust and dunghill of this existence (call it hope, in decline), as here the blue light of autumn falls, command what is left of exhilaration and fit this season's unfolding to the alphabet of turn and counterturn, all that implicit arc of a heart searching for a place to stand.
Michael Neill, "Turn and Counterturn: Merchanting, Apostasy and Tragicomic Form in Massinger's The Renegado," in Early Modern Tragicomedy, ed.
This syntactic counterturn underscores the couple's most private moment and allows for a significant emotional shift.
Recent field experiments have shown that males generate faster airspeeds and counterturn less frequently farther away from a pheromone source (9-11 m) (Vickers and Baker, 1997).
As Khalip observes, in a poem so committed to claiming that memory and being survive absence, this phrase quietly puts its aspiration aside, albeit momentarily, in the syntactic turns and counterturns of this poem.