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TL;DR: water symbolises knowledge, and all the other correspondences flow1 from there. If the sea is called the Sea of Knowledge, then what is its symbolic significance? Assuming that what's in the sea is literally representing knowledge, then (in the allegorical reading) we can equate water with knowledge or information. Then what does it mean to swim in ...


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The song of Robartes in ‘The Phases of the Moon’ describes a pseudo-astrological schema in which the twenty-eight phases of the moon represent the stages of life from birth to death, as well as various aspects of human existence and character: Robartes. Twenty-and-eight the phases of the moon, The full and the moon’s dark and all the crescents, Twenty-and-...


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Primroses symbolise springtime. Primroses are among the first flowers to start blooming in the springtime, sometimes called the heralds of spring. Even their name in English comes from "prima rosa", meaning "first rose", alluding to the fact that they're one of the first flowers to appear at the start of the season. With this in mind, ...


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Since I originally answered this question I've come back for two further bites at the cherry, trying to tie the lion down to Sufism in a very precise way, although continued reading of and about the author began to make me think that this was a futile and possibily misguided effort. So I wrote to Tiel Aisha Ansari to ask if she was interested in stopping by ...


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In context in ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’, the poem ‘The Haunted Palace’ is a conceit (an extended metaphor) in which the palace represents Roderick Usher’s head, and its occupants his thoughts. In the story, the poem is introduced by the narrator in a manner that recommends this interpretation to the reader: The words of one of these rhapsodies I have ...


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That war is grammatically feminine in Italian probably helps, but the chief element here is that he is personifying war as a femme fatale, beautiful and alluring while very dangerous. This allows him to explain shortly how something so ghastly can also fascinate.


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“Opportunity” by Walter Malone As you might observe from some of my previous posts, I like to keep things in context; so, before addressing your question about the last two lines of this poem, I find it prudent to unpack the previous lines first for sake of continuity. They do me wrong who say I come no more When once I knock and fail to find you in; For ...


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Imagery is a very broad term that refers to the use of language to represent objects, actions, feelings, thoughts, ideas, states of mind and any sensory or extra-sensory experience. (Cuddon, page 442-443) Different books define different distinctions between literary terms. For example, Cuddon makes a distinction between literal, perceptual and conceptual ...


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From the very first line of the story, the story is presenting a contrast between the colors black and white: Outside, the quarantine train was unblemished white. Throughout the story, the color white is presented along with the plague - associating them together. The word "white" appears 14 times in the story, and almost every time it is ...


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Michael is revisiting in his memory, and perhaps in actuality, the places in Venice that he and Julia have visited together, and imagining an alternative course for their failed relationship. During their time in the city, Michael and Julia have stayed at an apartment near the church of Sant'Elena and have taken walks in that neighborhood as well as in other ...


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