multiped

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multiped

(ˈmʌltɪˌpɛd) or

multipede

adj
(Zoology) having many feet
n
(Zoology) an insect or animal having many feet
[C17: from Latin multipēs]
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That paradox of incarnation underlies the curious poem "Embracing the Multipede" (ET 107-10), a dream encounter with a repulsive animal.
As the allegorical One-in-the-many, however, the multipede's response means "God knows all." In this sense the creature's response evokes the mystery of indwelling spirit pondered by the persona in the next section of the poem.
In part three, "Pondering the Creature," the persona tries to distance herself from the multipede, telling the "little leper of my heart" to return to dreams.
The "metamorphic apparition" in this poem is not the multipede but the persona, whose attitude changes from concern to disgust to anxious curiosity.
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