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English translation: artful

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00:11 Jan 9, 2003
English to English translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary
English term or phrase: practick
I do not know what language this word is. Wallace Stevens used it in his poem "So and So Reclining On Her Couch." I have not been able to find it in any English dictionary.
Laura
English translation:artful
Explanation:
"). If one placed above her head an old crown artfully painted into the picture ("practic," in an obsolete usage, means artful, a usage here suggested by the archaicized spelling), suspended as if in three dimensions by the artist, that suspension, apparently indicating a magical or miraculous phenomenon, would represent on the part of the artist a "gesture," an expression of meaning regarding the figure, "invisible" because the hand that made the gesture, painted it in, is now removed.

http://www.middleenglish.org/Feigning/WSRG/Musing/Poems/Soan...
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artful


Explanation:
"). If one placed above her head an old crown artfully painted into the picture ("practic," in an obsolete usage, means artful, a usage here suggested by the archaicized spelling), suspended as if in three dimensions by the artist, that suspension, apparently indicating a magical or miraculous phenomenon, would represent on the part of the artist a "gesture," an expression of meaning regarding the figure, "invisible" because the hand that made the gesture, painted it in, is now removed.

http://www.middleenglish.org/Feigning/WSRG/Musing/Poems/Soan...

P Forgas
Brazil
Local time: 00:58
Native speaker of: Spanish
PRO pts in pair: 4
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Thank you. You found more than I could! It helped me very much.

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