In its structure, then, Boethius' work is an anagogic
eikon which formally depicts its content.
"La Dame a Lincorne" approaches the unicorn theme from the prophetic, anagogic
end of this spectrum:
Finally, there is the anagogic
level, on which human language reaches toward the metaphysical world.
That sound-effect suggests not only what is incidentally non-human, but it happens to connote the Hindu word for God, OM, even as measureless to man conveys a similar anagogic
A Counterreformation interpretation of this scheme would most likely replace the dialectic of presence-absence with dialectical oppositions on a moral, or anagogic
, trajectory: forgiveness-sin, heaven-hell, purgatory-redemption, death-rebirth, etc.
Finally, even his juxtaposition of Bishop's sixpoems--in the way it regains the wholeness of different modes ofexperience--is not unlike the unity of Dante's four levels ofexperience (the exemplar of teleologically centered literature):literal, historic, allegoric, and anagogic
. Related to this are theperceptions of the wholeness of human experience revealed inCarter's literary allusions and descriptions of the naturalhabitats that have inspired his music.
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
. Patristic culture explored secular writings for these four senses.
The fact that medieval thinkers considered intellectual activity to be anagogic
, that is, something that brings us toward a higher being, enlightenment, etc., already helps us to understand, on the one hand, Dante's choice and, on the other, why the opposition to Cavalcanti's position reveals not only an alternative language but also an alternative purpose.
Lastly, before turning to Wright's texts, I should perhaps include a brief note regarding my use of the term Kunstlerroman and its connection with the term "suicide." Emphasizing the fictional rather than sublime or anagogic
quality of modern Kunstlerromane, I suggest that the "language of fiction's modernist Kunstlerroman" is connected with a turn away from art--specifically a kind of vraisemblance--that nonetheless keeps itself separate from scientific discourses via its essential, and often underemphasized, fictionality (see also Malmgren 19 and Scarparo 372).
Blake's use and advocacy of the linear style and attention to the anagogic
principles of medieval art aligns him with the illustrator of Piers Plowman.
. Seeing is believing for a visionary allowed to touch a strong