By Michael Ferber
This is often the 1st dictionary of symbols to be in keeping with literature, instead of 'universal' mental archetypes or myths. It explains and illustrates the literary symbols that all of us often come upon (such as swan, rose, moon, gold), and provides 1000's of cross-references and quotations. The dictionary concentrates on English literature, yet its entries diversity commonly from the Bible and classical authors to the 20 th century, taking in American and ecu literatures. For this re-creation, Michael Ferber has incorporated over twenty thoroughly new entries (including undergo, holly, sunflower and tower), and has additional to a few of the latest entries. Enlarged and enriched from the 1st variation, its expert kind and wealthy references make this booklet a vital instrument not just for literary and classical students, yet for all scholars of literature.
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Pierre Michon is an writer of excessive acclaim in France and Europe. He was once winner of the Prix France tradition in 1984 for his first publication, Small Lives, and of the 1996 Prix de los angeles Ville de Paris for his physique of labor. He lives in France. Wyatt Mason, a contributing author for the hot York instances journal and a contributing editor at Harper's, has translated writing through Pierre Michon, Eric Chevillard, Michel de Montaigne, and Arthur Rimbaud. He teaches at Bard collage.
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Azure’’ has always had nearly the opposite connotation: it is the noble, pure, ideal blue, especially of the clear sky or the Mediterranean Sea. ’’) It is a favorite word of Shelley’s. Leopardi speaks of the purissimo azzurro of heaven (‘‘La Ginestra’’ 162). But some later writers saw the ideal as impossibly distant and indifferent to human suffering. Baudelaire sees a swan turning its neck ‘‘towards the ironic and cruelly blue sky’’ (‘‘Le Cygne’’). Mallarmé uses azur for the pure ideal toward which his soul sighs (‘‘Soupir’’), the ‘‘virginal azure’’ whose air makes his lips hungry (‘‘Don du Poème’’), but it is a ‘‘cruel ideal’’ for its ‘‘serene irony,’’ its inaccessibility except by glimpses to the tormented poet who tries to apprehend it (‘‘L’Azur’’).
142), while Juvenal asks, ‘‘What good is it . . 1--2). Juno, according to Chaucer, destroyed almost ‘‘al the blood / Of Thebes’’ (Knight’s Tale 1330--31). 1). 278), referring not only to their rank but their martial spirit. 33), turns on the value of blood (the word occurs seventy times): Jocaste hopes that common blood will bring peace, but Créon understands that the blood is bad and must be shed. Occasionally in classical poetry ‘‘blood’’ can refer to a person. 5--6); Byblis ‘‘hated the name of blood’’ (=brother) (Ovid, Met.
121--22). 20). The faithful are ‘‘justiﬁed by his blood’’ (Rom. 9); in him ‘‘we have redemption through his blood’’ (Eph. 7). The redeemed in heaven wear white robes, for ‘‘they have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb’’ (Rev. 14). 2--3). See Purple. 10). ‘‘Blue! -- ’Tis the life of heaven -- the domain / Of Cynthia,’’ Keats begins a sonnet; ‘‘Blue! ’’ ‘‘The blue of sky and sea, the green of earth,’’ according to Tennyson’s ‘‘Ancient Sage’’ (41), are the two great colors of the surface of things.
A Dictionary of Literary Symbols by Michael Ferber