By Michael Ferber
This can be the 1st dictionary of symbols to be in line 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), in addition to thousands of cross-references and quotations. The dictionary concentrates on English literature, yet its entries diversity greatly 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 publication a vital software not just for literary and classical students, yet for all scholars of literature.
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Cooper). The Greek Anthology poem just cited calls Sappho “the Pierian bee,” and also mentions melos in the next line (69–70). 1021–26. Lucretius opens the third book of De Rerum Natura by comparing Epicurus’ writings to ﬂowery lawns and his readers to bees (Latin apis). 27–32). The metaphor is found in such modern poets as Foscolo, who calls a musician a “nurse of the bees” (“Spesso per l’altre età”); Dickinson, who identiﬁes with a bee: “We – Bee and I – live by the quafﬁng” (no. 230); Darío: “my rhymes go / all around the vast forest / to gather honey and aromas / in the half-opened ﬂowers” (“Primaveral”); and Rilke: “We are the bees of the invisible.
A swarm of bees was considered an unlucky omen. 65–70), it is a sign that the Trojans will occupy the citadel. 8–18. 436; etc. 3). Theocritus had already written that thyme belongs to the Muses (Epigram 1), no doubt 23 Beech because poets are like bees. By his date Spenser could make “bees-alluring” a routine epithet for thyme (Muiopotmos 191). When Marvell in “The Garden” writes, “the industrious bee / Computes its time as well as we” (69–70), he is punning on the plant, which Shenstone called “pun-provoking thyme” (The Schoolmistress st.
Blue ﬂower see Flower Boar see Pig Book That the word “book” occurs over a hundred times in the Old Testament is not surprising given the importance of sacred books to the Hebrews. Books were far less important to the Greeks, who tended to rely more on oral tradition; for all the care given to editing him even “Homer” was never a holy text. Various particular books are named in the Old Testament, some of them otherwise unknown to us, but when the Lord tells Joshua that “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth” (Josh.
A Dictionary of Literary Symbols (2001) by Michael Ferber