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The reader, first tracing the historical narration in Scripture, figurally relates its features with the person and work of Christ in the New Testament and the mystical body of Christ (i.
After acknowledging the written record of the ark's construction, Origen moves on to the second mystical sense of the passage, which figurally associates the ark and the Church.
The word "mystery" (mysterium) is used throughout De mvsteriis to describe, not just the "mysterious" nature of the sacraments, but that which is made clear through reading texts and events figurally.
Ambrose therefore reads the bodies of the newly baptized as that by virtue of which the invisible element is made clear, that is, as that by virtue of which scripture can be read figurally.
The four line epigraph written on the death of Ottone Rosal, "Per un poeta" (1957), is analyzed in terms of the moral and religious strength of that artist whose landscapes--of confining walls and the poorer quarters of the city center--captured Fortini's own parallel experience, and whose passing stood figurally for his own departure from the "inflexible" city.
4) The extent to which the recently concluded history of western travel, including its postcolonial aftermath is already figurally present in the Gilgamesh poem is indeed remarkable.
Figurally it links the Fall with the Resurrection and beyond, importantly foregrounding the mystery of Christ's dual nature.
The period of the pageants is one which, broadly speaking, saw a proliferation of visual images associating bodily decay with either, literally, spiritual salvation, or, figurally, man's state of sin: this episode also offered opportunities for incorporating such popular imagery, and all the pageants would have shown the moving of the stone and the unbinding of the risen corpse, a sequence of profound and eerie visual impact.
Set as a flashback from a care center (it remains unclear how the protagonist has already reached the status of retirement and what exactly the skin disease is for which he is about to undergo surgery at the time of the narrative telling), the novel explores in multiple dimensions the circumstances of his childhood, which provide him with overwhelmingly significant cultural coordinates to which he relates figurally all subsequent events in his life, including his wife's political activism, their exile, and her suicide, as to a large extent the alienation of their exile exacerbated by her husband's (self-)betrayal, and his descent into the mediocrity of American life both in the university and in the care center.
South," the literal threshold for the hemispheric "South," a heterogeneous, though mappable space (comprising "two thirds of the earth's surface and three quarters of humanity"), (23) represents in real and symbolic ways at least one valence of meaning for Glissant's "single approach": functioning figurally as a bottleneck, the U.
Nevertheless, the heroes of these poems can be seen to be figurally related to the crusaders, earlier models or exempla for them to follow in their wars against the heathen: indeed, that is how they are presented time and again by the preachers of the crusades in the late twelfth and the thirteenth century.
If the crusade was presented as being figurally related to the Exodus, literally as a 'new Exodus', with the people of God, the crusaders, making an armed pilgrimage to the Holy Land, then it was inevitable that the leaders of the crusade would be compared to the leaders of the first Exodus.
The cooptation of this segment of Florentine Nights as a historical document tries to counteract the anxiety of reference provoked by its figural operations, for figurally it is impossible to distinguish between Paganini as a fictional figure and Paganini as a referent.
18) They begin by working up Blake's vocabulary of Innocence and Experience in dialectical terms, an approach they synchronize to the discourse of (empirically enlightened) civic humanism while resisting strenuously the idealistic, and perhaps to them also individualistic or even antinomian, notion that Blake's project on the Innocent side of his range is intended to evoke or (especially) to reproduce the super-conducted subjective state that Mitchell might associate to the condition of "hypericon"--innocence as a kind of absolute and prelinguistic solid of self-consciousness, something that figurally "represents the unfallen world" (238).
A consciousness or a mind (l'esprit) is figurally said to relate to another abstraction (time) as male relates to female in a copulating couple" (4): mind copulates, has sex with time, which is the bizarre movement of the erotic itself.