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Noun1.Houyhnhnms - a land imagined by Jonathan Swift where intelligent horses ruled the Yahoos
fictitious place, imaginary place, mythical place - a place that exists only in imagination; a place said to exist in fictional or religious writings
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Then the bay tried me with a second word, much harder to be pronounced; but reducing it to the English orthography, may be spelt thus, HOUYHNHNM.
When the interrogation began, one senator immediately launched his sesquipedalian monologue, forcing others to just tsk-tsk (a word containing only consonants expressing utter disapproval), or quietly say through their noses, Houyhnhnms (aword that imitates the neighing of horses), or distract themselves by humming euouae (a long word composed only of vowels used to indicate the tune of a medieval chant).
Highly satirical, the poem likens the Bolsheviks to the Houyhnhnms, all-wise horses, in Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels:
Cuando Gulliver llega al reino de los houyhnhnms, los caballos sabios y virtuosos que han sojuzgado a los humanos, descubre con agrado que entre ellos no existe la mentira.
In terms of the former, Gulliver's English deteriorates as the novel progresses, finally being shaken at its very core by Gulliver's interaction with the Houyhnhnms, whose language is the the most "othered".
Like Swift, whose Houyhnhnms judged human wars to be insane, Coppola prefers straight-faced hyperbole as the vehicle for his symbolist mock-epic.
Gulliver is fool enough at the end to consider men as "odious animal[s]" (Part IV, Chapter 11) like the nasty Yahoos, to "turn away [his] face in horror and detestation" when beholding his reflection in a lake (Part IV, Chapter 10), and to regard the Houyhnhnms as ideal creatures.
W: Actually, the religious Americans I know are more like Houyhnhnms than Yahoos.
Or will Jonathan Swift's horrific vision of the brutish Yahoos seen by Gulliver on his voyage to the land of the houyhnhnms rather set the tone?
Were the British really on the back foot when the surrealist summons came, or might not childhood exposure to Houyhnhnms and the Jabberwock have served as a kind of preparation?
The catalogue displays Moll's map of the fanciful Houyhnhnms Land (1726).
El capitan Gulliver, amen de sus conocidas descripciones de Lilliput y Brobdingnag (mejor conocidos como el pais de los enanos y el pais de los gigantes, respectivamente) hizo interesantes descripciones, si bien menos conocidas, de tierras tan lejanas como laputa, Balnibarbi, Luggnagg, Glubbdubdrib, Japon y el pais de los Houyhnhnms (o pais de los caballos).