Saturday, 3 December 2011

Eloquent Silence

COMING SOON: THE LISTS OF NOTE BOOK!
Walt Whitman was hugely affected when Abraham Lincoln — a man he had admired for some years — was assassinated in April of 1865, and soon afterwards he published a now-famous elegy for the late-President, entitled 'When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd.'

As he prepared to write that poem, Whitman drew up the following list of synonyms.

Transcript follows. Images courtesy of the Walt Whitman Archive.




Transcript
sorrow (saxon)
grieve
sad
mourn (sax)
" ing
" ful
melancholy
dismal
heavy‑hearted
tears
black
sobs —ing
sighing
funeral rites
wailing
lamenting
mute grief
eloquent silence
bewail
bemoan
deplore
regret deeply
loud lament
pitiful
loud weeping
violent lamentation
anguish
wept sore
depression
pain of mind
passionate regret
afflicted with grief
cast down
downcast
gloomy
serious
sympathy
moving compassion
tenderness
tender-hearted
full of pity
obscurity
partial or total darkness
(as the gloom of a forest — gloom of midnight)
cloudy
cloudiness
" of mind
mind sunk in gloom
soul " " "

dejection
dejected

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shades of night
heavy
dull — sombre
sombre shades
" ness
affliction
oppress — oppressive
" ion
prostration
humble — humility
suffering — silent suffering
burdensome
Distress — distressing
Calamity
Extreme anguish (either of mind or body)
Misery
torture
harrassed
weighed down
trouble
deep affliction
plaintive
Calamity
disaster
something that strikes down — as by Almighty