The dolphin as symbol in three modern works : Ernest Hemingway, The old man and the sea; William Butler Yeats, "Byzantium;" T.S. Eliot, The waste land

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Nell Weddell Gaither (Creator)
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Randolph Bulgin

Abstract: Like any form of art literature involves communication of some type of meaning through a particular medium. Literature's medium, of course, is language. Most definitions aiming to discriminate literature from other types of utterance emphasize its content, especially the imaginative character of what is said. Recognizing that literature does not exist in isolation from either life or language but that it derives certain of its basic characteristics from language and has an intimate, essential relationship to life, I feel that imagery represents a salient point of fusion in which life and language become communication, and so, literature. Underneath this imagery doubtless lies a very basic symbolism. This study will concern itself with how such a basic symbolism might inform a piece of literature. Specifically, it will treat of how the dolphin as symbol seems to inform three modern literary works: The novel, The Old Man and the Sea, the poem, "Byzantium" and The Waste Land.

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Language: English
Date: 1970
Hemingway, Ernest, $d 1899-1961 $x Criticism and interpretation
Hemingway, Ernest, $d 1899-1961 $t Old man and the sea
Yeats, W. B. $q (William Butler), $d 1865-1939 $x Criticism and interpretation
Yeats, W. B. $q (William Butler), $d 1865-1939. $t Selections. $l Irish. $f 1991
Eliot, T. S. $q (Thomas Stearns), $d 1888-1965 $x Criticism and interpretation
Eliot, T. S. $q (Thomas Stearns), $d 1888-1965. $t Waste land

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