jason christoper hartley

November 16, 2006

Word of the Day – inanition

Filed under: Word of the Day — Jason Christopher Hartley @ 11:03 pm
in·a·ni·tion
n.

  1. Exhaustion, as from lack of nourishment or vitality.
  2. The condition or quality of being empty.

From American Heritage Dictionary, 4th ed.

From commentary on the poem Nuptial Sleep by Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

The post-coital inanition described in the poem is employed as a figure of the lovers (as it were) “laid asleep in body” and become souls living in a world beyond “the tide of dreams”.

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