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[Gr.,=something read backward], rearrangement of the letters of a word or words to make another word or other words. A famous Latin anagram was an answer made out of a question asked by Pilate. The question was Quid est veritas? [What is truth?], and the answer Est vir qui adest [it is the man who is here]. An anagram that reads the same backward as forward is a palindrome, e.g., "Able was I ere I saw Elba."
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The palindromic and anagrammatic letter patterns occur in the first sentence of "Mystique": "Sur la pente du talus les anges tournent leurs robes de laine dans les herbages d'acier et d'emeraude.
These rhyme and scan well if read as a quatrain (if you "rush" the third line a little); too bad the following "poem" made up of mutually anagrammatic sentences lacks rhyme and meter.
It tells them that he bears a strong anagrammatic resemblance to Chris Wilkinson, the member who is playing a film star whose nine-year-old son is abducted - but they mustn't tell the audience.
Many of his collages from the '60s and '70s, including a number of the Venuses (others had different subjects or were nonrepresentational) are made of bits of Hershey bar wrappers or other printed matter, which Hansen cut into anagrammatic fragments.
Different guises find varied voices here, from the complex stanzas of Halsey's anagrammatic alter ego Ashley Hayles, whose "superstitions included a fear of waste paper," to the sparkling translations of the elusive third-century poet Mercurialis the Younger, a high comic satirist with a particularly acerbic edge.
And this also requires us to read: read the tears and tears of the guillotine; read the caesura of the contract in the very moment of its formation; read the guillotine as the nonformative, invisible, unspeakable and barely readable principle of a possible, but not necessary social contract between Gustav and Toni; read the disintegration of their names and identities as the precondition for their anagrammatic partaking of and in the name of the guillotine, the cutting sign of the times, the container of the cut and, irony of ironies, perhaps--that is: if everyone knew how to read "t"--the site of God's "restoration" in his dissemination and descent to earth, in a kind of second coming in the cut of time.
In addition, Beroalde's use of "cinquieme essence" also recalls the aichemical frame of reference in the title page of Gargantua where Francois Rabelais' anagrammatic pseudonym, Maitre Alcofribas, is followed in apposition by the epithet "Abstracteur de Quinte Essence.
We are told Shakespeare delighted in alliterative, assonantal, and anagrammatic semantic strings.
This little anagrammatic 'nonsense' piece came to me while lying awake this morning," Jeff says, adds by way of explanation: "I won't even try to explain it
Radio Times told us we would be hearing pianist Simon Hough collaborating with the anagrammatic conductor Askari Oramo and the CBSO in Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto in last night's live relay from Symphony Hall.
Geoffrey Hartman has delineated the drive for the "imago du nom propre" that defines literature as an anagrammatic quest for a "hidden--spectral or specular name" he opposes to the "signature or proper name" (Hartman 93, 109).
30) Leimberg supports her reading by a reference to Erasmus's Laus Stultitiae in which a similar anagrammatic trick involving the letters A, M, and O occurs.