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By Michael Ferber

ISBN-10: 0521870429

ISBN-13: 9780521870429

This is often 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 come across (such as swan, rose, moon, gold), and offers countless numbers of cross-references and quotations. The dictionary concentrates on English literature, yet its entries diversity commonly from the Bible and classical authors to the 20 th century, taking in American and ecu literatures. For this re-creation, Michael Ferber has integrated over twenty thoroughly new entries (including undergo, holly, sunflower and tower), and has extra to a few of the current entries. Enlarged and enriched from the 1st variation, its knowledgeable variety and wealthy references make this e-book an important device not just for literary and classical students, yet for all scholars of literature.

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39); while in a sonnet Spenser begs his mistress to turn elsewhere her cruel eyes ‘‘and kill with looks, as Cockatrices doo’’ (Amoretti 49). Shakespeare also uses both. Polixenes demands, ‘‘Make me not sighted like the basilisk. 196-98). ’’ In his paraphrase of this passage Pope restores ‘‘basilisk’’: ‘‘The smiling Infant in his Hand shall take / The crested Basilisk and speckled Snake: / Pleas’d, the green Lustre of the scales survey, / And with their forky Tongue shall innocently play’’ (Messiah 81--84).

Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. 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.

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). Only in the early seventeenth century, in English at least, do we find such phrases as ‘‘bat-blind’’ or ‘‘blind as a bat’’ -blind, presumably, in the daylight.

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