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Palindromic structure was associated with the fourth sense of medieval exegesis, or anagogy, a level that leads the consecrated person to heaven in both its outward and inward appearances.
ceremonies and like anagogy, the marriage of Margaret and James
One of the ways in which Marcel's dramas effect the communication of his Catholic anagogy is through catharsis.
Fi nally, the four-dimensional doctrine which took over from this (littera gesta docet, quid credas allegoria, moralis quid agas, quid speres anagogia: The letter teaches what happened, allegory what you believe, the moral sense what you do, anagogy what you hope) was intended to be an interpretation of scripture which embraced all areas of life.
Already in this early work is heard the voice of the mature Dante who explains in the letter to the Can Grande della Scala, to whom he would dedicate the "Paradiso," that the literal includes allegory, moral, and anagogy.
Connecting metonymic, metaphoric, and synecdochic thinking with poetic strategies of allegory, analogy, and anagogy, respectively, Blasing explains how the fourth, "ironic" or "anomalous," way of thinking (with its literalist poetic strategies) can be said to contest such structurings: "[Hayden] White observes that while the first three tropes are 'naive,' implying faith in the capacity of language to grasp the nature of things in figurative terms, the trope of irony is 'metatropological': it uses figurative language self-consciously, in order to question its claims to knowledge or truth" (5).
For Maximus the point of any understanding of Scripture is anagogy - ascent, or uplifting, to God in response to his 'descent'.
Above all, there are features of history, the anagogy of this discussion.
This fact is of pivotal importance in reading O'Connor's work, because to reduce anagogy to analogy is to miss the fact of the supernatural that is always already in the natural world, waiting to be seen, not superadded by the artist.
Anagogy became a key concept of the Anatomy, especially in the second essay; Shakespeare was the subject of three books of lectures, while Spenser's spiritual heir Milton was the subject of another; and Frye's late books on the Bible and literature follow Blake's precept that the Bible provides the "great code" of art.
While some have found in De Trinitate "one of the finest examples of what could be called Neoplatonic anagogy that remains from the ancient world," (14) Cavadini draws a more negative relationship:
To O'Connor, the logic of anagogy implies that the visible realities of this world only take on a fullness of meaning--indeed, they only become truly visible--when seen in the paradoxical light of the unseen.
94) In terms of symbolic theology, the Church needs to be unveiled or interpreted by allegory, anagogy, and tropology.
Cotrupi's emphasis on the sublime is also absolutely central for understanding Frye, whose account of anagogy in Anatomy of Criticism is very close to what Longinus calls ekstasis.
These are: history, which speaks of things done; allegory, in which one thing is interpreted by means of another; tropology, that is, moral utterance, in which one treats of the development and ordering of morals; anagogy, which is the spiritual understanding, by which we are led to higher things through discussion of the highest and celestial.
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