Headlessness


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Headlessness

See also Decapitation.
Acephali
fabled Libyan nation of men without heads. [Rom. Hist.: Leach, 6]
Alban, St.
carries his head in his hands. [Christian Hagiog.: Brewer Dictionary, 18]
Denis of Paris, St.
French patron; carried severed head to burial. [Christian Hagiog.: Attwater, 104–105]
Headless Horseman
spectral figure haunts Ichabod Crane. [Am. Lit.: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow]
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Above all, as the chapter concludes, spectacles of headlessness in the period functioned to express even as they attempted to contain the material circumstances of those "women [who] were in fact committing 'treason' against their husbands" (126, emphasis in original) and constituted authority.
Catalexis, though it can arise from inadvertence in a poet who wishes to observe the shibboleth that forbids it, (4) may also be a stylistic tool: whether or not it is consciously registered, it is experienced by the reader or listener as a gap, an absence of something expected: thus headlessness creates a kind of initial abruptness that mirrors, for example, the suddenness of King Richard's volte-face in the first line of item 2a, or the explosive anger or exasperation of the speakers in the second two: