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Monday, April 02, 2018

Definitions for inscape

  1. the unique essence or inner nature of a person, place, thing, or event, especially depicted in poetry or a work of art.

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Citations for inscape
Spanish chestnuts: their inscape here bold, jutty, somewhat oaklike, attractive, the branching visible and the leaved peaks spotted so as to make crests of eyes. Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–1889), "Journal for 1868," The Collected Works of Gerard Manley Hopkins, 2015
What we wanted to do was to marry the meaning with the "inscape" of the poem. Colum McCann, Author's note on "An Ode to Curling," The New Brick Reader, 2013
Origin of inscape
It is likely that the English poet and Jesuit priest Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-89) coined the noun inscape. The obsolete noun inshape (i.e., internal form or inward shape) was a probable model. Hopkins also coined sprung rhythm and instress (i.e., the force sustaining an inscape). Inscape entered English in 1868.
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