O boundless woe, If there be any black yet unknown grief, If there be any horror yet unfelt, Unthought mischief in thy fiendlike power, Dash it upon my miserable head, Make me more wretch, more cursed if thou canst
. (50-5) For Antonio, the revenger's herculean labour is to bear the weight of immense, unimaginable grief--a grief that is (at least rhetorically) beyond comparison.
(22) Given Hopkins's innovative and uncommon rhythmical effects, one might be surprised at the old-fashioned formality of his lexical archaisms: in "Ribblesdale," for example, phrases such as "Heaven that dost," "That canst
," "but dost," "Thou canst
but be," "nay," and "Thy lovely dale" belie the 1882 date of composition (11.
Michael Schoenfeldt's rich exploration, Prayer and Power: George Herbert and Renaissance Courtship, details how Herbert's poems incorporate "the gaze of a God" that has the ability to penetrate "behind the bed-curtains, and inside the brains, of his creatures." He explains that in the "Misery," Herbert puts an end to the thought of one thinking they have any privacy at all (Schoenfeldt 136): "No man shall beat into his head, / that thou within his curtains drawn canst
see" (99; 15-16).
Think, while thou sunnest thyself in Joy's estate, Mayhap though canst
not ripen without frost!
This above all: to thine ownself be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst
not then be false to any man.
To him of whom thou canst
not rid thyself by the Quran and tradition the best reply is if thou dost not reply anything.
III.xi.10.8), Scudamour pronounces his mea culpa: "Yet thou vile man, [...] art sound, /Ne canst
her ayde, ne canst
her foe dismay" (III.xi.11.6-7).
thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?
Begin betimes, Occasion's bald behind; Slip not thine opportunity, for fear too late Thou seek'st for much, but canst
not compass it.
A garden statue, to quote Keats, is a "Sylvan historian, who canst
thus express a flowery tale more sweetly than our rhyme," and thus, a garden becomes a sanctuary.
You pay your money to see a comedian feign these things, which, concerning these poor people, thou canst
not certainly tell whether they are feigned or not.
If thou knowest one thing of a surety, it is this: thou canst
tell everything to the Fuhrer, and he will always understand.