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1. a prayer asking God for help, forgiveness, etc., esp as part of a religious service
2. an appeal for inspiration and guidance from a Muse or deity at the beginning of a poem
a. the act of summoning a spirit or demon from another world by ritual incantation or magic
b. the incantation used in this act


(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

An invocation differs from an evocation in that the former is a Witch's invitation to the deities to appear in the magic circle, or to lend power for magical work, while the latter is a Ceremonial Magician's command to spirits/entities to appear in a confining triangle. The evocation is, by its nature, extremely dangerous, while there is no danger in the invocation.

An invocation should be delivered boldly yet lovingly. It seems to be especially potent when delivered in poetic form, rather than prose, yet both can be effective. Generally, in magic, that which is rhythmic—whether or not it actually rhymes—is the most effective.

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All modalities of libidinal satisfaction (including masochism and sadism) are thus referred to the imaginarized version of object a organizing the oral, anal, scopic and invocatory drives.
The invocatory power of resisting America, in other words, was recognized and deployed by divergent political voices, and thereby--in the interpretation of Andrei Markovits--hangs a tale.
However, except for "Century," which is clearly a major poem by any standard, the other Blaga selections, like those of his predecessors, are more invocatory than evocatory.
At this point Osuna is simply adding invocatory metaphor to functional metaphor.
And like masquerades, public office holders are maintained at the expense of the public that echo the Yoruba invocatory proverb "owo olowo leegun n na, aso alaso loga n da bora".
The fifth stanza--perhaps following the cue given by the last syllable of the fourth stanza's last word, the only appearance of the sequence "urn" in the poem (55)--resumes the invocatory pose, incidentally the rhyme pattern, too, (56) of the first stanza and, in one respect, confers symmetry on the poem, in another respect breaks the poem up by practically restarting it.