He lost his beloved lady, either through rejection or through death. In either case, the Dreamer is unable to sleep, fearful that death might come upon him. There seems to be no hope for him. He decides to pass a lonely night by reading in a collection of tales, and there he finds the story of King Ceyx and Queen Alcyone.
After a promising start the student came to a halt before these lines: I wrote in the margin that these were symbolic plants and he had to look them up. The Oxford English Dictionary was all I could come up with, but I felt certain there must be a handier source, designed for readers of literature, with a good set of quotations from ancient times to modern.
But there is no such book. A dozen times since then I have asked colleagues and librarians if they knew of one.
It has no entry at all for myrtle. Both range widely but unsystematically over the cultures of the world, packing Mayan and Chinese meanings next to those from medieval alchemy.
The latter book, much the larger, lacks an entry for myrtle; under ivy it discusses Dionysus, which is on the right track, but it says nothing about its uses in Roman poetry that lie behind Byron.
If no adequate dictionary exists, but everyone thinks it does because it mustthat seemed a good reason to write one. It was also a reason not to write one, for if even the Germans have not produced one, as it seemed, it might be beyond mortal powers.
After all, anything can be a 1 A Dictionary of Literary Symbols symbol, and a comprehensive dictionary might require thousands of entries. After some hesitation, however, I decided the thing can be done, and the present book is the result.
Its title is somewhat misleading. It was only by drastically limiting the range of possible symbols, of course, that I could proceed with it.
Yet it is more comprehensive than one might think. This dictionary covers only traditional symbols, those that have been used over many years by many authors. Most entries begin with the Bible or the classics and trace examples through to fairly recent writers, with an emphasis on British literature, and especially on Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton, and the Romantics; they also typically include a few examples from Italian, French, Spanish, German, or Russian literature especially from Dante and Goethe.
These must be worked out by the reader in each case, and no dictionary on a reasonable scale could help much. What readers need to know, in any case, are the traditional symbols, the routine furniture of literature over thousands of years, which often appear without explanation, and which gradually gain in connotation as the tradition lengthens and alludes to itself.
Or that the tree that Akhmatova especially liked but is now a stump was a willow, with its suggestion of maidenhood or fruitlessness? I do not know how many of these traditional symbols there are, but the number cannot be very large, and I am hoping that a book with of the most important ones, along with cross-references, will be complete enough to constitute a useful reference work.
I have tried to be copious with quotations and citations in each entry, risking redundancy, in order to give a sense of the history of a symbol and the range of its contexts.If you book an all-inclusive package there should be no need to think about anything other than just relaxing and enjoying yourself in order to achieve what you set out for: a holiday in total luxury.
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