The Great Code: The Bible and Literature
I absolutely loved the book, but almost no one else did. Gallagher was my only fellow Frye fan. The response of others in the class ranged from "I haven't read it" to ...more
Northop Frye identifies four types of lang ...more
'What I think it means is that we have to turn again to the traditional but still neglected theory of "polysemous" meaning. One of the commonest experiences of reading is the sense of further discoveries to be made within the same structure of words. The feeling is approximately "there is more to be got out of this," or we may say, of something we particul
Punchline: "The wife of an Apostle!"
I chose well, when I selected this work of scholarly criticism; my purpose was to gain some more firmer traction under-my-feet when it comes to Biblical references, metaphors, and allusions. (Not for the least of which reason: because doing so, helps one better understand authors like Faulkner and Hemingway and Steinbeck--writers who toss Biblical similes around like pizza dough).
But as you know, the Christian Bible is one of the wo ...more
He specifically states at the start that his book won't touch the question of faith. Despite my doubts, he pretty much stays true to this prin ...more
Favorite quotes: "The causal thinker is confronted with a mass of phenomena that he can understand only by thinking of them as effects, after which he searches for their precursors. These causes are antitypes of their effects, that is, revelations ...more
Need to re-read it again soon.
*** reading notes ***
Vico's 3 types of verbal expressions: the poetic (about gods/mythic), the heroic (about hero/aristocrats) and the vulgar(people). The author calls them: hieroglyphic(poetic), hieratic(allegorical), demotic(description). The usage of language has gone from a "subject-ob ...more
His first book, Fearful Symmetry, was published in 1947 to international acclaim. Until then, the prophetic poetry of William Blake had long been poorly understood, considered by ...more