And as I strive to body forth
the tale Of all I suffer, all that thou hast done, Forth shall the dread voice roll, and bear along Shreds from my vitals torn for greater pain.
But from whatever cause, the tendency hardened into a ruling convention; thousands upon thousands of medieval manuscripts seem to declare that the world is a mirage of shadowy forms, or that it exists merely to body forth
remote and highly surprising ideas.
It is a tribute to the work that the story itself, as it emerges--menacing, elemental, partway mad--is strong enough to carry these sensual details, to body forth
from them and gain speed, pulling a focused complexity in its wake back to recognizable life, to healthy reality.
For the most part, the book is a detailed, impeccably documented chronicle of the 47-year-old western-looking cowboy town, in which Andy Barker and his family hoped to body forth
a rather odd blend of ideals and ideologies: the cowboy-frontier myth, which dovetails rather nicely, I might add, with the American individualism singled above; "Jeffersonian democracy and Christian virtue" (6), both to be experienced and enhanced through "wholesome recreation" (13) in the great outdoors and with a certain "antiestablishment" gusto--it is the latter that will draw to the place, sixteen years after its founding, all sorts of unusual "fellow travelers." The first eighty pages of this chronicle cover the first twenty-five years of Barker's "Christian town" (13).
Immodest as it may sound, this is the legitimate claim of a human dynamo, a woman with a seemingly inexhaustible ambition to body forth
her passion for a primal Shakespeare of sex, violence and poetry, her commitment to voice and language as the center of theatrical experience, and her communitarian vision of what a theatre should be.
This new Creation may behold by thee.(1) The editors of the California edition of Dryden follow Hagstrum's suggestion and cite Lovelace's lines in their commentary.(2) However, the verbal similarities between the two passages are not, in fact, close, and their thought, moreover, seems significantly different: where Lovelace is commenting on |Pincture's' capacity to body forth
mental conceptions in physical form, Dryden is emphasizing Kneller's capacity to paint likenesses which are so vivid that the personages depicted on his canvases seem to be living, breathing, and thinking; Kneller can, as we might say, produce |speaking likenesses' of his subjects.