A Dictionary of Literary Symbols, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0511074166
  • ISBN-13: 9780511074165
  • DDC: 809.91503
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 273 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 1999 | Published/Released August 2005
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 1999

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Overview

Essential reference tool for scholars and students, explaining and illustrating common literary symbols.

This is the first dictionary of symbols to be based on literature, rather than 'universal' psychological archetypes, myths, or esoterica. Michael Ferber has assembled nearly 200 entries clearly explaining and illustrating the literary symbols that we all encounter (such as swan, rose, moon, gold), along with hundreds of cross-references and quotations.

The Dictionary concentrates on English literature, but its entries range widely from the Bible and classical authors to the twentieth century, taking in American and European literatures. Its informed style and rich references will make this book an essential tool not only for literary and classical scholars, but for all students of literature.

Originally published in print format in 1999.

Table of Contents

Cover.
A Dictionary of Literary Symbols.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Contents.
Acknowledgments.
Abbreviations.
Introduction.
1: Aeolian Harp.
2: Albatross.
3: Almond.
4: Amaranth.
5: Anchor.
6: Ant (or Emmet).
7: Ape.
8: Apple.
9: April.
10: Armor.
11: Asphodel.
12: Ass.
13: Autumn.
14: Basilisk.
15: Bat.
16: Beast.
17: Bee.
18: Beech.
19: Bile, Choler, Gall, Spleen.
20: Bird.
21: Black.
22: Blood.
23: Blue.
24: Book.
25: Bread.
26: Breath.
27: Bronze.
28: Butterfly.
29: Caterpillar.
30: Cave.
31: Cedar.
32: Chess.
33: Cicada.
34: Clay.
35: Cloud.
36: Cock.
37: Comet.
38: Cuckoo.
39: Cup.
40: Cypress.
41: Daffodil.
42: Dance.
43: Dawn.
44: Death.
45: Deer.
46: Dew.
47: Dog.
48: Dolphin.
49: Dove.
50: Dream.
51: Eagle.
52: East and West.
53: Elm.
54: Eye.
55: Fire.
56: Flower.
57: Fly.
58: Forest.
59: Fountain.
60: Fox.
61: Frankincense and Myrrh.
62: Garden.
63: Goat.
64: Gold.
65: Goose.
66: Green.
67: Halcyon.
68: Harp, Lyre, and Lute.
69: Hawk.
70: Horse.
71: Humor.
72: Hunting.
73: Hyacinth.
74: Insect.
75: Iron.
76: Ivy.
77: Labyrinth.
78: Lark.
79: Laurel.
80: Lead.
81: Leaf.
82: Left and Right.
83: Leopard.
84: Light and Darkness.
85: Lightning.
86: Lily.
87: Linden.
88: Lion.
89: Locust.
90: Lynx.
91: Mandrake.
92: Marigold.
93: Melancholy.
94: Metal.
95: Milk.
96: Mirror.
97: Mistletoe.
98: Mole.
99: Moon.
100: Mountain.
101: Music of the Spheres.
102: Myrtle.
103: Nature.
104: Night.
105: Nightingale.
106: Number.
107: Oak.
108: Oil.
109: Olive.
110: Owl.
111: Palm.
112: Pansy.
113: Path.
114: Peacock.
115: Pearl.
116: Pelican.
117: Phoenix.
118: Pig.
119: Pipe, Flute, Reed, Oat.
120: Planet.
121: Plow.
122: Poplar.
123: Poppy.
124: Purple.
125: Purple Flower.
126: Rain.
127: Rainbow.
128: Raven.
129: Red.
130: Ring.
131: River.
132: Rose.
133: Saffron.
134: Scarlet.
135: Scorpion.
136: Sea.
137: Seasons.
138: Seed.
139: Serpent.
140: Sheep.
141: Ship.
142: Siege.
143: Silver.
144: Sparrow.
145: Spider.
146: Spring.
147: Star.
148: Stork.
149: Summer.
150: Sun.
151: Swallow.
152: Swan.
153: Theatre.
154: Tiger.
155: Time.
156: Tree.
157: Trumpet.
158: Veil.
159: Violet.
160: Volcano.
161: Wasp.
162: Weaving and Spinning.
163: West Wind.
164: Whale.
165: White.
166: Willow.
167: Wind.
168: Wine.
169: Winter.
170: Wolf.
171: Woodpecker.
172: Worm.
173: Wormwood.
174: Yellow.
175: Yew.
176: Yoke.
Authors Cited.
Bibliography.