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A Dictionary of Literary Symbols by Michael Ferber

By Michael Ferber

This is often the 1st dictionary of symbols to be in accordance with literature, instead of 'universal' mental archetypes or myths. It explains and illustrates the literary symbols that all of us usually come across (such as swan, rose, moon, gold), and provides thousands of cross-references and quotations. The dictionary concentrates on English literature, yet its entries diversity broadly from the Bible and classical authors to the 20 th century, taking in American and eu literatures. For this re-creation, Michael Ferber has integrated over twenty thoroughly new entries (including endure, holly, sunflower and tower), and has additional to a number of the latest entries. Enlarged and enriched from the 1st variation, its proficient kind and wealthy references make this publication a vital instrument not just for literary and classical students, yet for all scholars of literature.

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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. , his father) (Met. 558). Perhaps because ‘‘blood’’ implied relationship, some cultures required that blood be spent in ratifying a bond of brotherhood or any other deep pact among nonkindred; ‘‘blood brothers’’ are not brothers by blood.

157). As the color of death and mourning, black has been adopted by Christians as a sign of death to this world (mortification) and thus of purity or humility. 7). Milton claims that black is ‘‘staid Wisdom’s hue’’ (‘‘Il Penseroso’’ 16). Gray echoes Milton when he presents ‘‘Wisdom in sable garb arrayed’’ (‘‘Ode to Adversity’’ 25). 5, but this translation (the Authorized Version, based on the Latin Vulgate) is almost certainly mistaken about the ‘‘but,’’ perhaps deliberately: it should be ‘‘I am black and comely,’’ as the Greek Septuagint gives it.

Occasionally in classical poetry ‘‘blood’’ can refer to a person. 5--6); Byblis ‘‘hated the name of blood’’ (=brother) (Ovid, Met. , his father) (Met. 558). Perhaps because ‘‘blood’’ implied relationship, some cultures required that blood be spent in ratifying a bond of brotherhood or any other deep pact among nonkindred; ‘‘blood brothers’’ are not brothers by blood. The devil demands it of Faust, but it is not in fact common in western tradition: the Greeks, for instance, usually poured out wine, not blood, as they swore an oath.

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