By Michael Ferber
This is often the 1st dictionary of symbols to be in accordance with literature, instead of "universal" pyschological archetypes, myths or esoterica. Michael Ferber has assembled approximately 200 major entries sincerely 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 broadly from the Bible and classical authors to the 20 th century, taking in American and eu literatures. Its proficient sort and wealthy references will make this e-book an important device not just for literary and classical students, yet for all scholars of literature.
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3). When Jesus is in the wilderness he tells Satan the same thing (Matt. 4). Since Jesus is the Word of God, however, it is he who feeds the faithful – with his word, and with himself as the bread of life. 36 Breath Breath is life, and those who draw breath are those who are alive. 447), while Sophocles uses “those who breathe” for “those who live” (Trachiniae 1160). 559). So Chaucer has “lyf or breth” (Legend of Good Women 2031), and Shakespeare has “all the breathers of this world” (Sonnets 81).
5), and gives them “the bread of adversity, and the water of afﬂiction” (Isa. 20). Spenser echoes Isaiah when he has one wandering “in afﬂiction” say, “My bread shall be the anguish of my mind, / My drink the teares which fro mine eyes do raine” (Daphnaida 374–76). 21). 58–59). The “unleavened bread” (Hebrew matzah) that the Israelites must eat for seven days while awaiting the departure from Egypt (Exod. 15) was simply expedient – there was no time to wait for bread to rise – but it also seems to stand for a ritual puriﬁcation and, re-enacted in the Passover ceremony, a reminder of suffering; it is later called “the bread of afﬂiction” (Deut.
It is law,” a chorus of Aeschylus sings, “that bloody drops spilling into the ground demand more blood” (Choephoroe 400–02). 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. “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 (2001) by Michael Ferber