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ephemeral

(ĭ-fĕm′ər-əl)
adj.
1. Lasting for a markedly brief time: "There remain some truths too ephemeral to be captured in the cold pages of a court transcript" (Irving R. Kaufman).
2. Having a short lifespan or a short annual period of aboveground growth. Used especially of plants.
n.
Something, especially a plant, that is ephemeral.

e·phem′er·al′i·ty, e·phem′er·al·ness n.
e·phem′er·al·ly adv.

ephemeral

[ifem′ərəl]
Etymology: Gk, epi, above, hemera, day
pertaining to a short-lived condition, such as a fever.

ephemeral

(ĕ-fĕm′ĕr-ăl) [Gr. epi, on, + hemera, day]
Of brief duration.

ephemeral

(of organisms such as many desert plants) having a very short life cycle. The term is used specifically to describe those plants that have more than one generation a year, as opposed to ANNUAL, BIENNIAL, PERENNIAL.
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Wordsworth's acknowledgment of the "dead wall" of ephemerality and in particular the typographic revolution that transformed jobbing print relates to how Book 7 as a whole is concerned with innovations in media around 1800--visual entertainments such as the panorama and the rise of intermedial genres such as melodrama--changes which implicitly included the status of poetry itself as a "medium.
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Ephemera is conceptually useful because it runs the gamut of these possibilities of paper, ranging from the 'abjection' of paper as waste, the condition of absolute ephemerality, to paper's role in constituting a 'priceless archive', as we shall see in relation to the long history of ephemera collecting.
This deterioration is analogous to the decay suffered by the human body as it ages, an element which has prompted the notion that the ephemerality of Hesse's works was connected to her own approaching mortality.
However, it deserves a place all the same because it succeeds in capturing the ephemerality of Baudelaire's modernity, of being the moment, its moment, for a moment; and his use of baseball as the medium through which to suggest the transience of that specific historical moment is ideal.
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And the book offers a lovely discussion of the seasons of a life, the ephemerality of experience, the importance of memory.
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With its emphasis on the style of the enacted devotions to the dead, Rist's book is part of Ashgate's Studies in Performance and Early Modern Drama series that, according to the series editor, focuses on performance "in defiance of theatrical ephemerality.
constriction, sustainability, nonmonumentality, antispectacle, and ephemerality.
A reflective poem, it sets out not only to examine the ephemerality of the moment but also to argue the impossibility of "The present moment" being experienced without being spoiled by the sense that "what comes next is always better than what was" (45).
A poem about the ephemerality of sweetness, a poem that mourns something, an elegy for my grandfather.