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Synonyms for allegory

Synonyms for allegory

a short moral story (often with animal characters)

an expressive style that uses fictional characters and events to describe some subject by suggestive resemblances

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By elaborating complicated double arguments and polarities, allegorists reduce and regulate the speed of existence that their fiction represents, (3) which is to say that they exercise power over their narratives.
The collection is wide ranging in time and subject, but is united by the authors' pursuit of "deeper and wider" (xvii) ways poets wrote of theology, bishops used sermons in politics, theologians practiced typology, allegorists debated gender roles, and a monk could exemplify "Enlightened and Peaceful Catholicism.
Next, Corelle explores Bishop's engagement with Christian allegorists Bunyan and Boethius in "The Unbeliever" and "At the Fishhouses.
Among these are his opposition to the allegorists, commentary on John's gospel, and catechetical homilies.
In chapters that examine exhaustively every feature of the poem's design (including the function of the prose marginalia); that suggest Fletcher's borrowings from other allegorists (Spenser, Du Bartas, John Davies of Hereford); that identify Fletcher's relationship to influential philosophical and scientific discourses (Aristotelian, Neoplatonic, Galenic, Paracelsian, Vesalian); and that situate Fletcher with respect to the emerging science of Harvey and his compeers, Mitchell offers, finally, a revisionist defense of The Purple Island as a brilliantly executed, uniquely inventive, allegorically coherent accomplishment.
Shooting the theological breeze, FitzGerald's pot-heads are allegorical figures for those who, since they literally cannot know what they are talking about, are unwitting allegorists trading in potted thought, the idle postulation of received ideas that are ungrounded, untestable, equivalently nil--and soon exposed, once the Ramadan fast is over, as a pretext for killing time until the pubs open and a good fellow can tank up.
Just as the allegorists found themselves challenging the allegorical assumption that language exists in a magically mimetic relationship to the outside world, and then restoring it at the end of their plays, a number of critical writers found themselves responding to linguistic change with almost wishful allusions to the ancient idea that there might be an innate connection between a word and the thing it 'stands for'.
Some medieval writers of theology are praised as gifted stylists--certainly the "mystics," women and men, canonized and heretical, but also theological poets and allegorists (Alan of Lille, the Victorines, Bonaventure).
The current truce between the allegorists and the authenticists has been erected on the comprise view suggested by Billanovich according to whom the Ascent of Mount Ventoux is an allegory but one that is underpinned by Petrarch's experience of a real ascent (Billanovich 1966).
Her reading of Geographies of Home (and her later chapter "Melancholic allegorists of the street: Piri Thomas, Junot Diaz and Yxta Maya Murray") dramatically extinguish any doubt as to allegory's analytic capacity to engage Latino/a literature on its most profound levels.
with the image of ruins, is because modern allegorists have always felt
Some optimism in this matter is suggested by both the allegorists and the poem.
But it is the identification of the two brothers which creates problems for the allegorists and results in a variety of interpretations.
History and romance, as acceptably decorous and unfortunately debased discourses, are symbolized in the essay by wheat and chaff, an image of truth and falsehood as old as the ancient allegorists and the Bible, and one used consistently in Ivanhoe.
But they are actually rather stem criteria, disqualifying those who play by different rules (Updike, Pynchon, DeLillo); allegorists are at special risk of being sent early to the showers.