vellenage

vellenage

(ˈvɛlənɪdʒ)
n
(Historical Terms) an archaic spelling of villeinage
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What warre so cruell, or what siege so sore, As that, which strong affections do apply Against the fort of reason euermore To bring the soule into captiuitie: Their force is fiercer through infirmitie Of the fraile flesh, relenting to their rage, And exercise most bitter tyranny Upon the parts, brought into their bondage: No wretchednesse is like to sinfull vellenage. (Canto XI, stanza 1) As in Spenser's depiction of the House of Alma, Roderick Usher's poem relies on the traditional anthropomorphic concept of the human body as a microcosmic house or temple.