As realistic memory, "salient" suggests Douglass standing prominently at a podium, but metaphorically, as "the eyes of that harsh long ago," he seems to be hovering far above the sea (an element slantingly transferred from Wordsworth's poem) like Milton's "star." The litotic
expression, "not ended then," traces a single continuous tragedy from slavery through the civil war through the failures of reconstruction into the stubborn oppression of the new century, as the final line of the octave returns the poem from the heroic and increasingly legendary past to the vexing present.
Ted Hughes's troubling fantasy for them The Iron Man, shows how the Goliath can remain potent in our litotic
But when seen from a different perspective (and in this they reverse the litotic
model) they do just the opposite, distilling obedience into rebellion.
The second example, on the other hand, has nothing to do with the phenomena we have discussed in this study but is rather a litotic
affirmation of a positive resolution by negation of its opposite: na (nanu gani), a value which is insured by the immediately adjacent affirmative clause anu nu gamani.
and in the void and envy of being, which he translates into litotic
form in order to attack and punish the 'other.' But Othello is likewise imprisoned, in hyperbolic affirmation." (22)
The surety of the gingerbread house is replaced by "a new imprecision" as her litotic
revisions of what they had imagined as their future foreshadow her transformation:
and onomatopoeic allusion to the sound of the train wheels passing "over" the sleepers (i.e., those already buried) is an ironic evocation of the apocalyptic gulag experience.
(c) presents an exact metaphorical opposition between animate and inanimate subjects (gavah/matayah), whereas (d) constitutes a litotic
tautology with a secondary opposition of gods and (human) offspring.