He smiles and the quick, darting smile is surprisingly sly, seeming to sneak across his features like a whimsical notion before fading back into lugubriousness
In line with the Decadent creed of artificiality and the perverse but foregoing its lugubriousness
, Vivian reads Nature with her "crudities, her extraordinary monotony [and] her absolutely unfinished condition" as the enemy of both egotism ("so necessary to a proper sense of human dignity") and (indoor) culture ("Decay" 74).
However, that final line would seem to steer the poem toward as much as away from lugubriousness
. "Awful" derives from "awe," evoking the fearsome and sublime, even as it also sounds a campy, ironic tone; "cheerful," on the other hand, conjures the warmth and heartiness of holidays (e.g., "Christmas cheer") but also a certain thinness and superficiality of good humor, spoken as it is through a rictus of bared teeth.
If the tenor of this assertion seemed slightly off--its lugubriousness
suggesting a lath of critical distance--a more discordant note was struck in a hallway that doubled as .a narrow gallery.
These defining elements of the Cohen persona include: a marked lugubriousness
which has led to monikers such as "The Godfather of Gloom" (de Lisle n.pag); considerable wit and an ironic sense of humor; a paradoxical personality that combines a range of apparently discrepant traits (including the comicality and gloominess referred to above); a Casanova reputation; a supposed capacity for visionary insight; and a desire for and/or attainment of modern-day sainthood.
In the first issue, which was more than 200 pages long, together with a wealth of other materials from political analyses to theater to book reviews, one could read a description of the nascent state's military status and a poem by Shaul TchernichovskyHebrew poetry's pagan high priesttranslated by Arn Tseytlin, the Yiddish poet of desperate survival and Hasidic lugubriousness
. Sutzkever contributed a poem about an old manuscript languishing in the dust.
The comic mugging, crass pantomime schtick and reveling rustics of act two almost make you long for a return to the earlier lugubriousness
Now, the Wolverhampton dialect is a disarmingly humourful one, as hard to pin down as the exact boundaries of the Black Country, but, broadly speaking, midway between the singsong timbre of Welsh and the fully-fledged lugubriousness
of fullblown Brummie.
To FitzGerald, imperialist expansion represented a worrying development for England, and with typical lugubriousness
, he believed that it would contribute to Britain's demise.
Gone is the hokey croak which saw him verging on self-parody and in comes a delicious lugubriousness
that's akin to lumpy honey.