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99 examples of poignancy in sentences

They were happy in their work, happy in the thought of rendering service, so happy that the poignancy of individual loss was carried more easily.

Sweetwater felt the poignancy, but did not suffer from the terror.

Remember to tear thy robe some little in the poignancy of thy woe, and to lose a sandal.

At last encroaching drowsiness dulled the poignancy of her feelings and she sank to sleep.

He was thus also brought in contact with the luxurious side of life, and became acquainted with those scenes of pleasure which he recalls only to add poignancy to the sorrow with which he contemplates the yesterday of life.

If an esteem for something excellent in your moral character was that which riveted the chain which she is to break, upon any imaginary discovery of a want of poignancy in your conversation, she will cry, "I thought, my dear, you described your friend, Mr. as a great wit."

It was my ashes of roses, the music of my first love, its poignancies softened by time and memory into an ineffable, faint melody; it was the moon that drenched my bygone youth with wonder-lighta dream-face, exquisite as running water, unfolding flowers and those other sweets that poets try in vain to entangle in the meshes of word and rhythm.

" "Thou must feel their weight in the poignancy of griefin the" Father Anselmo stopped, for a sob at that moment apprised them that they were not alone.

He was praying, with an especial poignancy for "that blessing which maketh rich and addeth no sorrow.

Notice also how Maupassant has sharpened the poignancy and bitterness of Madame Loisel's misfortune by making it depend not only on an accident that might so easily not have happened but on a misunderstanding that might so easily have been explained.

And thus out of my journeys I have words which bring back to me with indescribable poignancy the particular impression of a time or a place.

It came to me at that moment with indescribable poignancy, the thought of walking barefoot in cool, fresh plow furrows as I had once done when a boy.

I suppose it is a story not uncommon among men, but this morning, told of the old Doctor we had just laid away, it struck me with a tragic poignancy difficult to describe.

The beast which is driven to market, is defended by law from the goad of the driver; whereas the wretched African, though an human being, and whose feelings receive of course a double poignancy from the power of reflection, is unnoticed in this respect in the colonial code, and may be goaded and beaten till he expires.

The disappointments too, which I frequently experienced in journeys, increased the poignancy of the, suffering, which arose from a contemplation of the melancholy cases which I had thus travelled to bring forward to the public view.

And the dismantled desolation of the echoing office, and the mystery of George Cannon's personal position, somehow gave a strange poignancy to her mood.

Yet there is much poignancy in the satires.

" You see, gentlemen, in this supreme moment, a recalling of her sin, and with it remorse and all that goes with it of poignancy and fear.

Well, perhaps it is this stern world of blood and tears that gives these idle fancies their poignancy.

acrimony, acritude^; causiticity^, virulence; poignancy; harshness &c adj.; severity, edge, point; pungency &c 392. cantharides; seasoning &c (condiment) 393. activity, agitation, effervescence; ferment, fermentation; ebullition, splutter, perturbation, stir, bustle; voluntary energy &c 682; quicksilver.

Pungency N. pungency, piquance, piquancy, poignancy haut-gout, strong taste, twang, race.

But she was now dying of a most painful and internal complaint, imperfectly understood by her physicians; and her grief for the loss of her infant child added to the poignancy of her sufferings.

And this embittered his every hour; if through momentary forgetfulness he permitted himself to indulge in a little gaiety his distress soon returned with greater poignancy than ever, bringing with it a sudden and inexplicable sadness.

It might be there, waiting for them in the background, but, with Maisie going about as if nothing had happened, even remorse had lost its protective poignancy.

In due time the anguish had lost something of its poignancy, the light of earlier and happier memories had begun to struggle with and to soften its thick darkness, and even that duty which he had confronted with such an effort had become an endurable habit.

We may wish that mankind took more pleasure in pure apprehension than in emotion; but so long as the fact is otherwise, that way of handling an incident by which the greatest variety of poignancy of emotion can be extracted from it will remain the specifically dramatic way.

It is our prevision of Nora's exit at the end of the last act that lends its dramatic poignancy to her entrance at the beginning of the first.

The ordeal, he reflected, had lost its poignancy.

But remember that this power is mutual, and in proportion to the poignancy of the wound which you would inflict will be your own feelings when it is returned.

The unexpected sight of Anna brought back his emotions to their starting-point, and recalled the poignancy of the hour in which he had realised that he had lost her.

The poignancy of his father's appeal had struck to the bed-rock of his affection and his conscience, revealing duty not as a thing that you set for yourself, but which circumstances set for you.

" "Providence has ordered the harvests of wit much as it has ordered the harvests of the field," returned the juggler, who felt the sarcasm of the other's remark with all the poignancy that it could derive from truth; since, to expose his real situation, he was absolutely indebted to an extraordinary access of generosity in Baptiste, for his very passage across the Leman.

Were I to tell thee that I do not feel this circumstance with nearly, if not quite, as much poignancy as thyself," added the ingenuous girl, with a noble frankness, "I should do injustice to my gratitude and to my esteem for thy character.

The memory of Dickie's comfort, of Dickie's tremulous restraint, had a strange poignancy....

And the poignancy was deepened by the fact that each of the friends to whom she put the question seemed convinced thathad the privilege been hishe would have known how to spare her the disenchantment it implied.

" There was something about the face and figure of the Prospero that suggested to me those of my father; and this, perhaps, added to the poignancy with which the representation of his distress affected my childish imagination.

Because that dingy little wooden building with its outside stair to his attic, was the nucleus of memories that had by no means lost their poignancy.

These austerities of garb, dissociated utterly with all his memories, gave her a poignancy that was almost unbearable.

She had never craved physical nearness to him, so that she ached with the poignancy of that craving.

In the full flutter of his darling hopes, he one day encountered an old brother lawyer, notorious for the acidity of his temper, and the poignancy and acrimony of his remarks.

The substitute for these excitements, which had lost much of their poignancy by the repeated and injudicious use of them, was the art of copying from nature as she really exists in the common walks of life, and presenting to the reader, instead of the splendid scenes of an imaginary world, a correct and striking representation of that which is daily taking place around him.

The substitute for these excitements, which had lost much of their poignancy by the repeated and injudicious use of them, was the art of copying from nature as she really exists in the common walks of life, and presenting to the reader, instead of the splendid scenes of an imaginary world, a correct and striking representation of that which is daily taking place around him.

Some years later the poignancy of his grief at the death of his daughter Tullia had the effect of putting him again in a strong emotional mood.

I knew not how soon or how abruptly I might be driven from any new situation; the appendages of the study in which I had engaged were too cumbrous for this state of dependence and uncertainty; they only served to give new sharpness to the enmity of my foe, and new poignancy to my hourly-renewing distress.

Adelaide was still in bed, but one long, pointed fingertip, pressed continuously upon the dangling bell, a summons that had long since lost its poignancy for the temperamental Lucie, indicated that she was about to get up.

It is afflicting to see an invalid rejoice in knowing that the hour of death is certainly approaching; because it proves the depth and poignancy of the previous sufferings: but then the sight is comforting and edifying also.

Shakespeare, save for his scenes in The Tempest and in Pericles, which seize in all its dramatic poignancy the terror of storm and shipwreck, has nothing dealing directly with the sea or with travel; but it comes out, none the less, in figure and metaphor, and plays like the Merchant of Venice and Othello testify to his accessibility to its spirit.

that of his father, that of his mother, even that of his mistress, imparting to the looks and glances of the latter a brilliancy which enhanced beauty, while it sharpened them into poignancy.

11ยพd.), we find all the glory that was Greece and the grandeur that was Rome; the Olympian serenity of HOMER, the pity and terror of ร†SCHYLUS, the poignancy of CATULLUS, the saucy mirth of ARISTOPHANES, the sanity of SHAKSPEARE, the macabre gruesomeness of BAUDELAIRE, the sardonic rictus of HEINE and the geniality of TROLLOPE.

The strongest part of the story is the tragedy, suggested with a poignancy almost too vivid, of the wretched elder woman, tortured in mind and body, morbidly aware of the contrast between her own decay and the vitality of her rival.

If Groener had not spoken, he himself, in the poignancy of his own distress, must have cried out or stamped on the floor or broken something, just to end the silence.

No shipwrecked mariner could have felt more poignancy in his search for a hospitable strand than I on the plunging prow of the Noa-Noa in my quest through the bright sunshine of that afternoon for the haven of desire.

Sometimes they forgot the poignancy of their strange lives, romping sometimes, gossiping like jays in the tree-limbs, and sometimes, forgetting enmity, they told each other their secret beliefs and philosophies.

He engaged in the studies that resulted in his masterly work on "The Old Rรฉgime and the Revolution"; but these studies, instead of diverting him from the contemplation of what France had lost, gave poignancy to the sorrow excited by her present condition.

Or, again, an Abbess, the protagonist of one of the great love stories of the world, by sheer force of personality, would compose letters to onehow immeasurably her moral inferior, in spite of his geniusexpressing with an unexampled poignancy the most passionate emotions of the heart.

Somehow they soothed him, lessening the poignancy of his anguish, checking his wild rebellion, making him aware of a strangely comforting peace.

But a cloud rested still upon her home, and at times the old grief came back again with renewed poignancy.

Their chief aim, however, is to produce the utmost realism of effect, to translate the poignancy of passion, the dread certainty of doom, into forms of unmistakable fidelity.

Has not art beneath his touch become more scenic, losing thereby somewhat of dramatic poignancy?

The age, whose appetite for scandal had been profusely fed by lampoons and libels, now learned, that there was a more elevated kind of satire, in which poignancy might be united with elegance, and energy of thought with harmony of versification.

If one is not conscious of this at the moment, a good-natured friend is always at hand to point it out, and the poignancy of one's regret creates the zest of the situation.

It was Forbes-Robertson, however, for me, and I think for all the playgoing London of the time, that gave the play its chief value by making us startlingly aware, through the poignancy of his personality, of what one might call the voice of the modern conscience.

I still reproach myself from time to time, and seriously reflect, but the feeling has lost its poignancy.

But Christianity gives such large recognition to the pathetic element of life, not that it may mock with the cynic, or trifle with the artist; not because with the realist it has a ghoulish delight in horror, or because with the refined sensualist it cunningly aims to give poignancy to pleasure by the memory of pain; but because it divines the secret of our mighty misfortune, and brings with it the sovereign antidote.

All her utterances, where there is any feeling in them, no matter what, have a poignancy, a vibration which is Brontรซsque and nothing more.

" There are nine verses of "The Night-Wind", and the first eight are negligible; but, as for the last and ninth, I do not know any poem in any language that renders, in four short lines, and with such incomparable magic and poignancy, the haunting and pursuing of the human by the inhuman, that passion of the homeless and eternal wind.

At sixteen, in the schoolroom,[A] she wrote verses of an incomparable simplicity and poignancy: A little while, a little while, The weary task is put away, And I can sing and I can smile, Alike, while I have holiday.

The swaying shaft of light intensified and a moment later the long-drawn poignancy of a chime-whistle blowing for the river-road crossing, exquisitely softened by distance, echoingly penetrated the still valley.

The condemnation of the poignancy of Aristophanes, as having too much acrimony, is better founded.

"His gentleness and propriety of deportment toward us, his associates, have given him a hold upon our affections, which adds poignancy to our grief at parting with him.

He would forget, forget for ages, until, in the schoolroom at concert time, at the first caress of the magical smell, those delicate and divine, those secret, submerged, and forgotten things arose, and with the undying poignancy and subtlety of odors they entered into him again.

"Old, unhappy, far-off things, and battles long ago" lose their poignancy of pain and take on the poignancy of beauty.

"Old, unhappy, far-off things, and battles long ago" lose their poignancy of pain and take on the poignancy of beauty.

It seems to point to a possible satisfaction; and yet it owes its poignancy to the fact that the heart is still unsatisfied.

And her first view of Scotland only increased the poignancy of these touching regrets.

In their place, the story of Krishna's relations with the cowgirls is given new poignancy and precision.

This profound and very difficult theme is treated by Patmore in a manner at once austere and passionate in the exquisite little preludes to the Angel in the House, and more especially in the odes, which stand alone in nineteenth-century poetry for poignancy of feeling and depth of spiritual passion.

There is no academic echo in his utterances; he is not one of a school; his voice has no formal intonation; it is deep, full-chested, and rings out its words with all the poignancy of individual emphasis, without bluster, but with unfailing conviction.

But the fall of Robespierre and his accomplices was accompanied by every circumstance that could add poignancy to suffering, or dread to death.

But the fall of Robespierre and his accomplices was accompanied by every circumstance that could add poignancy to suffering, or dread to death.

The poignancy of her voice cut into his disappointment like a sharp ray of light.

Sorrow shared with affectionate friends is relieved of half its poignancy.

No matter how resolutely we cling to darkness and sorrow, time loosens our hearts, dries our tears, and while we declare we will not be comforted, and reproach ourselves, as the first poignancy of grief consciously fades, yet we are comforted.

Now it was brought home to those most nearly concerned with that poignancy of realization of which only youth is capable.

After a while the poignancy of his emotions became blunted by familiarity, and mere weariness forced him to accept himself on a reduced level.

Still they went on and on now, his thoughts of her; they gave poignancy to all his other pain.

I feel small doubt that his own sufferings will be hardly inferior in poignancy to mine.

It is the horrible contrast between my dreams and their realization that gives the keenest poignancy to my pangs.

There was a poignancy in this early knowledge that shall never be felt again; but who knows not that such enthusiasm which earliest exercised the young heart in noble feelings is the source of most of good that abides in us as years go on?

With a force, with a poignancy and pathos and brutality that were more cruel than I could have believed possible that other world came back to me.

He had had little doubt that Sylvia would marry when she had had time to forget some of the poignancy of first love.

It had made her want to hideto hidetill the first poignancy of the pain should be past.

What immortal grief hath touched thee With the poignancy of sadness, Testament of tears?

if I don't believe she knew nothin' of it!" For a moment the full force of such a supposition, with all its poignancy, its dramatic intensity, and its pathos, possessed the crowd.

S had begged very hard to join the congregation, and upon the most solemn promise of remaining still she was admitted; but in spite of the perfect honour with which she kept her promise, her presence disturbed my thoughts not a little, and added much to the poignancy of the feeling with which I saw her father's poor slaves gathered round me.

And what adds an insupportable poignancy to the reflection is self-condemnation.

The poignancy of my grief, and the unavailing lamentations which the intelligence excited, need no delineation.

Strange as it may seem to those who have been accustomed to think of that great artist merely as a type of the frigid pomposity of an antiquated age, his music, to ears that are attuned to hear it, comes fraught with a poignancy of loveliness whose peculiar quality is shared by no other poetry in the world.

The love that was dawning in her heart did but add poignancy to the bitterness of the revelation, and fervour to her resolve to win the mastery over the heart which was her lawful possession.