When the "battleships ray out over the North Sea" and "blocks of tin soldiers" invade foreign fields, when these "actions, together with the incessant commerce of banks, laboratories, chancellories, and houses of business, are the strokes which oar the world forward," what use is literature in the face of such "an unseizable
Our emotions follow the unseizable
force of the pixelated screen: we become scattered, distracted, and greedy for this easy cinematic access to other worlds that we don't have to touch.
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"My wish has been not to change what I saw and heard by a line or a feature," she explains in the preface to Shadow-Shapes, "lest the least alteration should do violence to a vast, embracing, unseizable
truth that was essentially our common possession" (ix).
The more recent of them did not deal with the question of who owned assets but rather with that of whether assets were unseizable
. (38) The bankrupt held a pension that was unseizable
but withdrew the funds and placed them into another kind of plan that was, in principle, seizable and available to his creditors.
Asked about the allusive and delusive meaning of Nuovomondo's conclusion, in which "the arrival in NY takes place in fog, and America remains unseizable
" (Midding 35), (29) Crialese replies:
De Man thinks that "resemblance is loved' because it can be interpreted as identity as well as difference and it is therefore unseizable
, forever in flight." (46) Valere, who is Rousseau's Narcisse, (mis)reads his own portrait and the misread self-portrait stands for the beloved.
And to me the most amazing poem that Milton ever wrote--and that is saying a great deal, because he wrote a number of them basically--was the sonnet "Methought I Saw My Late Espoused Saint," which, in my experience and my belief, contains everything that is in Milton, and because it's only in a sonnet (in the length of a sonnet), the depth, the contradiction of feelings, the unresolved resolution, the saying of something unsayable, the pain and the glimpse of something unseizable
and unattainable: it's all there, and it's to me one of the most moving poems in English.
Conversely, Virginia Woolf compares the butterfly to the ungraspable essence of life: "It is thus that we live, they say, driven by an unseizable
But none of these games of anticipation and recall could come about or have any meaning except by virtue of the fundamental condition, as unseizable
as it is inescapable, of elapsing.
But Schwerner's sense of that crisis is much more encompassing than the aestheticized version that, in the name of a now old and quite standard but ever self-proclaiming "new" fragmentation, calls attention to the limitations of a self-expressive, conventionalized "realism." For Schwerner too, the cooptation and corruption of language (by advertising an d other modes of manipulation that cast into doubt one's ability to trust words) poses a threat and leaves him longing for "a new language, one that we cannot speak, may not be able to speak, unseizable
, proliferating like the elementary particles in physics: no end to it: uncertain statistical places left from which to look at the negative-muons which are told by their uncertain traces" (136-137).