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also an·a·go·gy  (ăn′ə-gō′jē)
n. pl. an·a·go·ges also an·a·go·gies
A mystical interpretation of a word, passage, or text, especially scriptural exegesis that detects allusions to heaven or the afterlife.

[Late Latin anagōgē, from Late Greek, spiritual uplift, from anagein, to lift up : ana-, ana- + agein, to lead; see ag- in Indo-European roots.]

an′a·gog′ic (-gŏj′ĭk), an′a·gog′i·cal adj.
an′a·gog′i·cal·ly adv.
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Adj.1.anagogic - based on or exemplifying anagoge
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Finally, even his juxtaposition of Bishop's six poems--in the way it regains the wholeness of different modes of experience--is not unlike the unity of Dante's four levels of experience (the exemplar of teleologically centered literature): literal, historic, allegoric, and anagogic.
Confusion: where Cohen will emphasize the transcendent possibilities of translation understood as an abandonment of one's language and one's accustomed "relations of ruling" (Goddard 89) in the name of identification with some absolute outside (translation as anagogic metaphor), Glover will problematize such transcendence, presenting translation as inevitably ironic, paradoxical, misplaced (translation as metaphor still, but verging on catachresis, disjuncture): "I have become a metaphor or a joke," Elle opines, "a piece of language sliding from one state into another [.
19) Central to the stability of interpretation in medieval culture was the theory of exegesis, according to which the Scripture had four senses: historical, tropological (moral), typological, and anagogic.
The fact that medieval thinkers considered intellectual activity to be anagogic, that is, something that brings us toward a higher being, enlightenment, etc.
Third, I want to outline briefly how using the materiality of the textile trade as a frame for reconsidering and rereading Jerusalem reveals occasions on which apparently trivial and perplexing symbols in the poem don't require mythical or anagogic referents but only historical and material ones.
115-19) distinguishes the literal and spiritual senses of Scripture and further subdivides the spiritual into the allegorical, moral, and anagogic senses.
Rather, she appears to presuppose the anagogic not as a species of a more general mode of "symbolic reference" but more in the terms of the ancient practice of reading scripture according to the four senses: the literal, the allegorical, the moral, and the anagogical.
The story works at the realistic, allegorical, moral, and anagogic levels.
He asserted that the "complete insight" that a reader can achieve through the anagogic sense--which he understood as an apprehension of "the world of eternity and Christ in glory"--"is not a jump to a Manichean moment" (1960/2004, p.
In this way different levels of allegorical reading are set up, from the anagogic to the literal, but they are fragmentary, and the real disrupts the symbolic (the tacky elements around the crucifix) just as the symbolic haunts the real (the amorous bodies over the 9/11 reports).
By enveloping itself in an impermeable boundary, turning its attention away from lateral concerns and toward the correspondence of its world with a higher one, the pastoral establishes itself in an anagogic register, encouraging allegorical uses and making it the natural mode of Platonic philosophy and Christian allegory.