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By Michael Ferber

This is often the 1st dictionary of symbols to be according to literature, instead of 'universal' mental archetypes or myths. It explains and illustrates the literary symbols that all of us usually come upon (such as swan, rose, moon, gold), and provides enormous quantities of cross-references and quotations. The dictionary concentrates on English literature, yet its entries diversity largely from the Bible and classical authors to the 20 th century, taking in American and eu literatures. For this re-creation, Michael Ferber has integrated over twenty thoroughly new entries (including undergo, holly, sunflower and tower), and has further to some of the present entries. Enlarged and enriched from the 1st version, its educated kind and wealthy references make this booklet 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). Its 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).

93--94), Bion calls on Aphrodite to wear a cyan-colored robe (‘‘Lament for Adonis’’ 4). With Bacchylides and later poets the term seems to have meant ‘‘blue’’ (it is often used of the sea), but its sense ‘‘dark’’ remained traditional (as in the Bion). 98). 182). In English ‘‘livid’’ is applied to corpses: Coleridge addresses the dead Chatterton: ‘‘thy corse of livid hue’’ (‘‘Chatterton’’ 30); Ann Radcliffe writes, ‘‘the light glared upon the livid face of the corpse’’ (The Italian 5); while Byron has ‘‘thy 31 Blue flower .........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

Juno, according to Chaucer, destroyed almost ‘‘al the blood / Of Thebes’’ (Knight’s Tale 1330--31). 1). 278), referring not only to their rank but their martial spirit. 33), turns on the value of blood (the word occurs seventy times): Jocaste hopes that common blood will bring peace, but Créon understands that the blood is bad and must be shed. Occasionally in classical poetry ‘‘blood’’ can refer to a person. 5--6); Byblis ‘‘hated the name of blood’’ (=brother) (Ovid, Met. , his father) (Met. 558).

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