anagogy


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an·a·go·ge

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.

anagoge, anagogy

1. Obsolete, a spiritual or mental elevation.
2. a mystical interpretation of a text (usually the Bible.) — anagogic, adj.anagogically, adv.
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21) Plotinian anagogy ascends from scientia to sapientia--from knowledge of temporal things to the wisdom of eternal things--but its operation is confounded by humanity's disordered attachment to earthly objects in greed, so the Incarnation inverts that ascent as participation Christ's descent: "Our knowledge therefore is Christ, and our wisdom is the same Christ.
T]he "post-" of "postmodern" does not signify a movement of comeback, flashback, or feedback, that is, not a movement of repetition but a procedure in "ana-": a procedure of analysis, anamnesis, anagogy, and anamorphosis that elaborates an "initial forgetting.
This paper explains the medieval writing process known as palindromic structure, a face of anagogy that, as far as we can determine, has largely been ignored in literary criticism.
a procedure of analysis, anamnesis, anagogy, and anamorphosis that elaborates an 'initial forgetting,'" suggesting a reexamination of the notions of historical progress, human emancipation, and subjectivity (80).
Tudor Rose, Dunbar abandons political allegory for anagogy, toward which
51) The "fruit" of a work of art is the goal of both the product and the effect, just as anagogy is the goal of allegorical and moral interpretations of Scripture.
It is this purged and historicized nature that serves as the basis for the next stage in the order of development in medieval exegesis--an order that seems reflected in Tate's final poems--the move from history and the allegory of history to anagogy or the fulfilment offered by the future.
The result is that Constable's poems envision an anagogic union of the (Magdalenian) soul with Christ, whereas Southwell's poems sketch out a far less mystical account of this female saint, one that functions at the level of tropology or moral action more than anagogy, or the final entry of the soul into union with God.
In all three cases, the literal narrative facilitates a movement toward anagogy (interpretation in spiritual terms) on the part of the interpreters.
Imbued with his Catholic faith, Marcel's dramas of existence communicate a powerful anagogy.
To perceive Dante's "radiant world" as Pound did, where "one thought cuts through another with clean edge," necessitates Dante's fourth category, anagogy.
Rosenmeyer doesn't consider to what extent a nature which sympathizes with the human remains an unspoken wish in pastoral, even though (as I grant) that sympathy may be displaced in favor of analogy or anagogy so as to keep nature and the human separate; the very distinctness, though, works in pastoral to preserve a ground of relation.