A Dictionary of Literary Symbols (2001) by Michael Ferber

By Michael Ferber

This is often the 1st dictionary of symbols to be according to literature, instead of "universal" pyschological archetypes, myths or esoterica. Michael Ferber has assembled approximately 2 hundred major entries sincerely explaining and illustrating the literary symbols that all of us come across (such as swan, rose, moon, gold), in addition to thousands of cross-references and quotations. The dictionary concentrates on English literature, yet its entries variety commonly from the Bible and classical authors to the 20 th century, taking in American and ecu literatures. Its knowledgeable kind and wealthy references will make this ebook a necessary software not just for literary and classical students, yet for all scholars of literature.

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Three of the four times bees are mentioned in the Old Testament, they are associated with armies of enemies (Deut. 44, Ps. 12, Isa. 18), and it may be significant that the name of the warrior-leader Deborah means “bee” in Hebrew. Virgil and other ancients believed that bees had no sexual intercourse but gathered their young from among the flowers. This idea may account for Plutarch’s claim that “bees are thought to be irritable and bellicose towards men who have been with women” (Advice to Bride and Groom 44).

The Lord “had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven. / Man did eat angels’ food” (Ps. 24–25). 33–35). Moreover, at the Last Supper, Jesus passes out bread to his disciples and says, “Take, eat, this is my body” (Matt. 26); that, with the wine taken as his blood, is the origin of the Eucharist (see Wine). 423–26). During the years in the wilderness the people were taught “that man doth not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live” (Deut.

Because it is the color of the sky (and perhaps because the sea is blue only on sunny days), blue is traditionally the color of heaven, of hope, of constancy, of purity, of truth, of the ideal. In Christian color-symbolism blue belongs to the Virgin. 14). For Shelley, the two hues that nature has made divine are “Green strength, azure hope” (“Ode: Arise” 33). In Chaucer’s “Against Women Unconstant” the refrain is “Instead of blue, thus may ye wear all green” – the blue of constancy, the green of the changeable earth.

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