Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Meditative; melancholy; pensive.
- n. One who is melancholy, meditative, or pensive.
“And after Auberon and Adam come together in the wreck of their fortunes, we come into what Frye has called the penseroso phase of Romance.”
“There was a calm, deep melancholy about the old man added to the grand courtesy which showed he had been what old books call a fine gentleman, that made him suit his house as a hermit does his cell, or a knight his castle; but breaking in on this "penseroso" scene, there was Guy --”
“What, Arthur! thou art quite the 'penseroso' to-night.”
“Scholar, screenwriter, novelist and corduroy-jacket-wearing babe-magnet; the writer we all wish and imagine ourselves to be; the grand seigneur, il penseroso, and one of the smartest, funniest, richest, solemnest, most multilingual creatures in all of contemporary fiction.”
“Such identifications again smack of anthropomorphic narcissism, not to mention of the pathetic fallacy, especially in light of the poet's prior indictment of the solipsistic penseroso whose "melancholy" personificationsbad figures of speechmerely tell back "the tale" of his "own sorrows" (20-21).”
“Hamilton observed that his countenance, from that moment, wore occasional marks of the _penseroso_ in his bosom.”
“Let others prepare their parchment-bound portfolios, throw their visages into the _penseroso_, fling their curls back from their brows, unbutton their shirt-collars, and, thus Byronised, begin.”
“Helmont; and of a Vaughan who 'saw eternity the other night'; of a Traherne, who should never enjoy the world aright without some illumination from his star; of a young Milton, _penseroso, _ out watching the Bear in some high lonely tower with thrice-great”
“As for _il penseroso_ Pepper, he took this intrusion of merry music upon his sympathies very ill.”
“Throwing a _penseroso_ air into his thin cheeks, our Don then began a few preliminary thrummings, which set my teeth on edge, and made Tarleton put both hands to his ears.”
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