By Michael Ferber
This is often the 1st dictionary of symbols to be in keeping with literature, instead of "universal" pyschological archetypes, myths or esoterica. Michael Ferber has assembled approximately 2 hundred major entries basically explaining and illustrating the literary symbols that all of us come across (such as swan, rose, moon, gold), besides hundreds of thousands of cross-references and quotations. The dictionary concentrates on English literature, yet its entries variety extensively from the Bible and classical authors to the 20th century, taking in American and ecu literatures. Its knowledgeable sort and wealthy references will make this e-book a necessary instrument not just for literary and classical students, yet for all scholars of literature.
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Thomson describes the “vapours rank and blue corruption” of “swampy fens” that breed disease (“Summer” 1032); Shelley tells how “blue Plague” fell on mankind (Revolt of Islam 3964). ” A character in Dante’s Purgatorio confesses, “My blood was so aﬁre with envy that / . . 82–84, trans. Mandelbaum). “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. But some later writers saw the ideal as impossibly distant and indifferent to human suffering.
From their connection with the underworld, features of bats were attributed to the devil. 49–50). It infernal and nocturnal character was thus well established before the nineteenth-century vampire stories, notably Polidori’s The Vampyre and Stoker’s Dracula. It became a standard epithet or tag phrase about bats that they were night creatures. Lydgate writes, “No bakke [bat] of kynde [by nature] may looke ageyn the sunne” (Cock 43). 36), while Drayton calls it “the Watch-Man of the Night” (Owl 502).
Even where “beast” or “brute” is used as a general term, there is often an implicit distinction between wild (dangerous) and domestic (tame), a beast of prey or beast of burden. 25). 150). People can be reproached for bestial or brutal behavior, and animals held up as examples for people to follow. 140) after his rebellion, but his role has been that of a beast of burden all along; Prince Ferdinand, to prove he is worthy of Miranda, must play a similar part, as if he must sound the depths of his animal or physical nature in order to become fully human, or kingly.
A Dictionary of Literary Symbols (2001) by Michael Ferber