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1. Not expressed in words; unspoken: wordless animosity; wordless joy.
2. Inarticulate; silent: wordless spectators.

word′less·ly adv.
word′less·ness n.
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But today my love, as you stride (past us) towards those dim, unknown horizons.A frantic, futile howl inside the wordlessness of this the darkest of nows(a phrase that has been cried out before in disbelief.
They struggled to articulate why they found his death and its imagery personally humiliating, but a notion that their seniors had somehow failed them lived inside their wordlessness. There, and here, the youth shrug off disquiet.
Our lovemaking in the morning has become a furious spectacle, a battle of urgency and wordlessness.
The wordlessness allows the reader to fill in their own dilemmas and create their own dialogue from their own experience.
Specifically, hesitation with the idea and practice of book reading, despite wordlessness, persists.
He found that the only possible cure from this autoerotic sickness, this bane of self-love, was "wordlessness," to take refuge from language utterly, since the quintessence of this disease was the singular moment in which "the word became his flesh." So the question that remains at the finish of this poem is--what human gifts, what treasures of being human, shall he be lucky enough to salvage from the affray, once his face has been disinterred from the words, and they, in turn, shall have cast off the self that inhabits them?
If he proves persistent and can't be dissuaded from repeatedly bringing up this one evening, then there is nothing left for me to do but abruptly turn my back on him and continue on my way, which will, in all likelihood, take me into the wordlessness of deep night and beyond, into the desolate periphery of the morning.
Hare, that moment when he "took eternal wordlessness into himself." But for personal, writerly reasons, I find The Birth-mark the most powerful to revisit, as it was one of the books that awakened me to the possibility of writing criticism wildly and wantonly, of bringing everything to the table, including (as in Howe's case) poetry, history, research, politics, autobiography, imagination, obsession, and love.
I am seeing myself unable to break through my own wordlessness. I am outside on the curb, a young woman waiting to cross the street and at the same time I am an old woman watching that young woman as she steps into the street, and, head bent, sees a woman coming toward her, looks up and sees as she passes the woman's lavender eyes (made more visible by a genetic mutation, double-fringed eyelashes).
As natural poets they have flown the colorful kites of life … Too often, they have travelled in wordlessness. But the time has come to castigate the plight of the voiceless.
Elsewhere in the play, the recondite and equivocal relation that Hamlet establishes between love and language is more eloquent--language as saviour, language as failure: "There is love and if the love is terrible it runs out of language and in this agony of language this dying of the language the coming in alone can save the love from dying with the language the love which otherwise would howl of wordlessness like a starved dog nailed into a room implores the coming in to save it I am saying the coming in does not come first how can it come before the love implores it how it how it's how" (2002, 27; my italics).