psychomachy

Related to psychomachy: coryphaeus

psychomachy

Obsolete, a conflict or battle between the soul and the body.
See also: Soul
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A close examination of No le arriendo la ganancia, on the other hand, shows how Tirso assumes the forward-looking middle ground in the development of the sacramental genre by constructing his work around the "archetype of personification allegory" known as psychomachy (Copeland and Struck 6).
In the present study I will, first, attempt to show how allegorical psychomachy, presented as drama, structurally complements the exposition of Tirso's didactic message concerning the supreme importance of contemplation and introspection in humankind's journey toward Christian perfection in a wider sense, and in a more immediate sense as proper preparation for receiving the sacrament of the Eucharist.
The push and pull of the psychomachy is portrayed allegorically as Poder fires at the stag and misses because of Recelo 's (misgiving), the "gracioso rustico's" interference.
In the unfolding psychomachy, Acuerdo and Quietud try to coax Honor back to a state of inner tranquility through repentance, but interpreted symbolically, the abuse they receive at the hands of Interes and Envidia, who attempt to expel them, represents the inner conflict of emotions within an individual's conscience and the struggle to regain virtue and true honor.
So the psychomachy continues to the end until Acuerdo, Quietud, and Honor are reunited and at peace with one another.
By focusing on the typically Scholastic unity of soul and mind, the playwright carries the allegorical inner struggle to a higher level of abstraction, leaving behind medieval models of psychomachy and pointing the way to what would later become interior monologue (Muscatine 1165-68).
(8) What is psychomachy in Kristeva is literal war in Nihei: like mothers, gauna see through us while remaining themselves opaque.
Therefore Ransom's Harrowing of Hell takes on the dimension of a psychomachy, which, counter to the enemy's intention, propels him to final victory: "The knowledge that his thoughts could be thus managed from without did not awake terror but rage" (181).
Benedetti discusses Marinella's life and works that cover different literary genres, from her hagiographical texts on Saint Colomba, Saint Francis, Saint Justina, Saint Catherine of Siena and on the Virgin Mary (some of which are in prose, some in ottava rima, and some a mixture of the two), her allegorical poem Amore innamorato et impazzato, a psychomachy which "ends with the triumph of rationality and faith" (10), her Rime sacre (mainly sonnets and madrigals), her pastoral novel Arcadia felice, her epic poem Enrico, celebrating the fourth crusade (which ended with the sack of Christian Constantinople only to enrich Venice), and her famous feminist treatise, Le nobilta et eccellenze delle donne.
While at Cornhill, Elizabeth witnessed a show in the form of the medieval psychomachy, a battle between Vices and Virtues surrounding the erected chair of the monarch, "the seat of worthy governance" (Bergeron 1971: 17).
But this philological and psychoanalytic orientation - a matter of determining Hamlet's attempt to 'salvage purity from an initial consciousness of general debasement' - seems to privilege this encounter with abjection in a way which reproduces a reading of the play in terms of Romantic interiorization and aesthetics, a reading seemingly unable to account for the differences between a Freudian psychomachy and the rhetorical figurality of language.
The confusion in the dream where each man fights his fellow vividly symbolizes Lockwood's psychomachy or internal conflict.