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By Michael Ferber

ISBN-10: 0521870429

ISBN-13: 9780521870429

This can be the 1st dictionary of symbols to be in line with literature, instead of 'universal' mental archetypes or myths. It explains and illustrates the literary symbols that all of us usually stumble upon (such as swan, rose, moon, gold), and offers hundreds of 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 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 the various latest entries. Enlarged and enriched from the 1st variation, its knowledgeable variety and wealthy references make this booklet an important software not just for literary and classical students, yet for all scholars of literature.

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12). Beast entries in this dictionary: Ape, Ass, Basilisk, Bat, Bear, Crocodile, Deer, Dog, Dolphin, Fox, Frog and toad, Goat, Horse, Leopard, Lion, Lynx, Mole, Pig, Salamander, Serpent, Sheep, Tiger, Whale, Wolf, Worm. Bee Bees have been highly prized for their honey and wax for as long as we have record, and much beekeeping lore can be found in ancient literature, notably in book 4 of Virgil’s Georgics. They are social insects with a highly organized hive ‘‘government,’’ they cull nectar from many kinds of flowers, and they are both useful and dangerous to people.

To Spenser’s Envie, ‘‘whose nature is to grieve and grudge at all,’’ the sight of something Bird ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 31). Gall and honey are often paired as contrasts. 3); Ralegh’s nymph argues ‘‘A honey tongue, a heart of gall, / Is fancy’s spring, but sorrow’s fall’’ (‘‘The Nymph’s Reply’’ 11--12).

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. ) It is so common to see ‘‘blue’’ or ‘‘azure’’ before ‘‘sky’’ or ‘‘heaven’’ -Shakespeare has ‘‘blue of heaven,’’ ‘‘aerial blue,’’ and ‘‘azured vault,’’ Wordsworth has ‘‘clear blue sky,’’ ‘‘azure heavens’’ and ‘‘blue firmament’’ -that it takes a feat of phrasing to bring home the blueness and its symbolic resonance.

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