terminus a quo

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ter·mi·nus a quo

 (tĕr′mĭ-no͝os′ ä kwō′, tûr′mə-nəs ā)
1. A starting point or origin.
2. A first point in time: The terminus a quo for the Middle Ages is often considered the fall of Rome in 476.

[Latin terminus ā quō, limit from which.]

terminus a quo

(ˈtɜːmɪˌnʊs ɑː ˈkwəʊ)
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) the starting point; beginning
[literally: the end from which]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.terminus a quo - earliest limiting point
commencement, get-go, offset, outset, showtime, starting time, beginning, start, kickoff, first - the time at which something is supposed to begin; "they got an early start"; "she knew from the get-go that he was the man for her"
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The jewel in the crown of these chapters must be "Forms of Discrimination in Spenser's A View of the State of Ireland (1596; 1633): From Dialogue to Silence." Part close reading, part historical study, this essay might almost serve as a terminus a quo for future work on its subject.
Given the already established terminus a quo, this can only be referring to the declaration of war of 19 May 1635.
Fundamentally, Corthell would identify Donne's work as the site of an ideological struggle to represent Renaissance literary subjectivity, and as an early stage in a "long historical process" (19) in which similar struggles in modern and postmodern representations of subjectivity may be read "in light of Donne as a terminus a quo" (16).