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The title page, then, obliges us to see the book as a printed and decorative entity, and this impulse is sustained when we begin toread the poem itself. For the further we venture into the book, the more increasingly iconic begin to seem all of its textual elements. As the monasticilluminators of the Middle Ages would have appreciated, no greater example of text as monument could be given than the illuminated “I” that commences thepoem, printed in green. This illuminated capital is among the finest to appear in a trade publication in the nineteenth century, comparable to the bestilluminated capitals printed by such private presses as the Kelmscott Press, the Doves Press, and Ricketts’s own Vale Press in the closing years of thenineteenth century. Its effect here, in juxtaposition with the Caslon capitals used to print Wilde’s couplets, is to estrange or “aestheticize” an alreadyestranged text, making the poem appear all the more monumental and other- worldly. Like the sphinx itself, it occupies a “dim corner,” its “silent” beautyposing an immediate enigma so far as the processes of imagination and cognition are concerned:

In a dim corner...

The width of the engraving block has, significantly, obliged the printer to set “my fancy thinks ” on a separate line typographically, a visible sign of beauty’s capacity to “tease us out of thought.” Even as thepoem commences, the page visibly foreshadows the derangement of the speaker’s mind that will result from his engagement—or failure of engagement—with thesphinx.

But as with Poe’s “The Raven,” this derangement of the speaker’s mind, while hinted at obscurely in the opening lines of the poem,will only become clear retrospectively. And as with many other Victorian dramatic monologues, the opening lines invite us to read the monologue as aninterpersonal or social drama. The fact that the monologue possesses psychological interest for what it reveals “ironically” of its speaker’s mind,or the suggestion that the poem’s addressee might not be as wholly “present” as the speaker believes, will become clear only through hindsight. The openinglines of The Sphinx , then, contain little in themselves to suggest the unsettling psychological toll that the sphinx’ssilence will later take on the poem’s speaker. Thus the poem commences with the speaker confidently imagining that the sphinx, far from being inanimate, issensate, half-human, and can be brought to life if he only poses the right form of address:

come forth, my lovely seneschal! so somnolent, sostatuesque!

come forth you exquisite grotesque! half woman andhalf animal!

come forth my lovely languorous sphinx ! and put yourhead upon my knee !

and let me stroke your throat and see your bodyspotted like the linx

.... a thousand weary centuries are thine while ihave hardly seen

some twenty summers cast their green for autumn'sgaudy liveries.

but you can read the hieroglyphs on the great sand-stone obelisks,

and you have talked with basilisks, and you havelooked on hippogriffs.

Questions & Answers

Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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