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intr.v. wal·lowed, wal·low·ing, wal·lows
1. To roll the body about or lie relaxed in water or mud.
2. To indulge oneself to a great degree in something: wallow in self-righteousness.
3. To be plentifully supplied: wallowing in money.
4. To move with difficulty in a clumsy or rolling manner; flounder: "The car wallowed back through the slush, with ribbons of bright water trickling down the windshield from the roof" (Anne Tyler).
1. The act or an instance of wallowing.
a. A pool of water or mud where animals go to wallow.
b. The depression, pool, or pit produced by wallowing animals.

[Middle English walowen, from Old English wealwian; see wel- in Indo-European roots.]

wal′low·er n.
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"His role combined nostalgic storyteller, the benign nature poet, and the wallower in self pity" (565).
This reversal (from self-love to love-of-others, from an egocentric mode to an allocentric mode) was in keeping with Keats's own revaluation of Hobbes's image of Leviathan, which he had adopted for himself in talking about his need for poetry which had tended to attain cosmically "monstrous" proportions, he thus becoming a "poetic" Leviathan, both a devourer and a creator of poetry, a wallower in the ocean of the hieroglyphic poetic modes.