Achilles' spear

Achilles’ spear

had power to heal whatever wound it made. [Gk. Lit.: Iliad]
See: Healing
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Throughout both sections Cheney effectively mines the works for resonant images of Shakespeare as poet and playwright: The Tempest's "printless foot," for instance, encapsulates a project of self-erasure that accommodates the "predicament" of Shakespeare's "hybrid authorship," while Achilles' spear, described in the famous ekphrasis of Rape of Lucrece, serves as a model for the writer's work as both potentially wounding and recuperative (3, 11).