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extemporaneous

(ĕks-tĕm″po-rān′ē-ŭs) [LL. extemporaneus]
Not prepared according to formula but devised for the occasion.
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Extemporaneity could, in fact, prove a particularly potent alibi for women religious poets, combining the enabling threads of sentimentality, irrationality, and divine respiration to allow women access to a range of religious subjects and positions of authority in relation to those subjects.
Extemporaneity also sanctions a degree of irrationality, because the immediacy of the extemporaneous outpouring precludes intellectual moderation of the emotional content.
For a fuller discussion of extemporaneity as a critical standard to which Victorian women were held, see Tricia Lootens, Lost Saints: Silence, Gender, and Victorian Literary Canonization (Charlottesville: Univ.