The poet in dealing with his own time, must also see to it that language does not petrify on his hands.
I haven't seen a soul since one o'clock and I was beginning to petrify.
But they tell me she is so austere since this rigid vow—so awful—she will petrify me with a look.
Then they begin to harden, presently they petrify, then business begins.
Policy seems to petrify their minds when they 've got on an eminence.
It rang down the corridor and seemed to petrify his grasp upon her.
She had seemed to grow rooted to the ground, unable to get away; her heart, her breathing, seemed to petrify too; they hurt her.
So, some rare waters in Derbyshire will petrify birds'-nests.
It is his business to make the stones tell their tale: not to petrify the listener.
What did she mean by that allusion to the cold people who petrify flesh to marble?