Using the functional ambiguity implicit in aenigma
, the book proceeds to examine Elizabethan and Jacobean travel plays looking at the relationships between gender and the monarchy.
Others link it to ambiguity, allusion, aenigma
, and irony.
Riddles have been recognized as a source of metaphor as far back as Aristotle, and, under the Greek term ainigma and its Latin descendent aenigma
, had their own place in standard lists of rhetorical tropes from classical times until the seventeenth century.
Meynell uses radically different figures--in "Aenigma
Christi" Mary as the mother of God, in "Summer in England, 1914" British soldiers, and in "In Sleep" an atheist--to demonstrate Christ's indwelling of the human.
Charnock's sophistication is reflected in the 1572 alchemical Aenigmas
, with their explicit accounts of the chemical apparatus and their relationship to their owner's development.