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By Michael Ferber

This is often the 1st dictionary of symbols to be in response to 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 stumble upon (such as swan, rose, moon, gold), besides countless numbers of cross-references and quotations. The dictionary concentrates on English literature, yet its entries variety largely from the Bible and classical authors to the 20 th century, taking in American and eu 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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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).

9–13). This use is synonymous with “marble,” as in Shakespeare’s Sonnet 55: “Not marble nor the gilded monuments / Of princes . ”). Ben Jonson thinks his country should have written the name of Lord Mounteagle “in brass or marble” (Epigrams 60). 313; White Doe of Rylstone 1895). 710); Shelley seems to reply when he claims that fame lodged in human hope will “Survive the perished scrolls of unenduring brass” (Laon and Cythna 3747). See Metal.

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. 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.

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