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Word: allegory

Definition: story, play, or picture in which characters are used as symbols; fable

Sentences Containing 'allegory'

"Five Trees" in Paradise is a mysterious allegory or concept from famous Coptic Gospel of Thomas NHC 2: (gnostic library from Nag Hammadi in Egypt) 19th saying/logia of Jesus and other sources of religious mythology.
"The Cherrie and the Slae", which he probably revised and completed shortly before his death, is an ambitious religious allegory, employing a demanding, lyrical stanza form which suggests that it was intended for singing, despite its considerable length.
"The Painter's Studio" ("L'Atelier du peintre"): "A Real Allegory of a Seven Year Phase in my Artistic and Moral Life" is an 1855 oil painting on canvas by Gustave Courbet.
A form of shadow puppetry is described as early as 380 BC by Plato in the Allegory of the cave. All visual art uses light in some form, but in modern photography and motion pictures, use of light is especially important.
Circa 1382–1389, Philippe de Mézières translated Petrarch's Latin text into French, adding a prologue which describes Griselda as an allegory of the Christian soul's unquestioning love for Jesus Christ. As far as Chaucer is concerned, critics think he used both Petrach's and de Mézières's texts, while managing to recapture Bocaccio's opaque irony.
Columba and a dragon (an allegory of the struggle between good and evil), as well as the representation of Paradise, located in the cave. Another fresco with "Madonna and Saints" is the fifteenth-century altar of the church and keeps recordings with prayers and candles dated between 1505 and 1782, witnessed the pilgrimage to the shrine.
For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed"; this refers to the Passover requirement to have no yeast in the house and to the allegory of Jesus as the Paschal lamb.
Hawke described the film as an allegory of man's pacing with natural resources, "We're eating our own resources so people are trying to come up with blood substitutes, trying to get us off of foreign humans."
He uses the allegory of the charioteer to explain that love is a reflection of love of the forms, and is thus a "divine madness," a "theia mania".
He wrote "The Devil's Auction" in 1911, an allegory that has been widely copied, often with modifications, and used in sermons as "The Devil's Garage Sale", its origin assumed to be author unknown.
I will offer two of them`The Undying Head,'and`Peboan and Seegwun, an Allegory of the Seasons.'
In 1878, he won a contest to paint the main Hall of the Finance Ministry, where he depicted an allegory of the "Unity of Italy with Illustrious Men of Past and Present".
In 1979, noted music writer Dave Marsh described it as "a transparent allegory about James' involvement with amphetamines."
In 1991, he published a biography of Charles Olson, one of his poetic mentors, entitled Charles Olson: The Allegory of a Poet’s Life (Norton: 1991).
In a scene reminiscent of Plato's Allegory of the Cave, they are shocked when they see the dim, glimmering lights of the city beneath them: they never knew they were living underground.
In his very negative review of "A Serbian Film", BBC Radio 5 Live's Mark Kermode called it a "nasty piece of exploitation trash in the mould of Jörg Buttgereit and Ruggero Deodato", going on to add that "if it is somehow an allegory of Serbian family and Serbian politics then the allegory gets lost amidst the increasingly stupid splatter."
It is characterized by figures which are elongated and graceful that rely upon visual rhetoric, including the elaborate use of allegory and mythology.
Milko Bambič is known for the first Slovene comic strip "Little Negro Bu-ci-bu", an allegory of Mussolini's career, and as the creator of the "Three Hearts" () brand, still used today by Radenska.
Particularly after the European Enlightenment, some works, such as "Paradise Lost", were taken up by Romantics and described as presenting the biblical Satan as an allegory representing a crisis of faith, individualism, free will, wisdom and enlightenment.
Philo interprets the "Greek" verse 12 as an allegory for Cain's fear of being soulless.
Plato, in his dialogue "Phaedrus" (sections 246a–254e), uses the Chariot Allegory to explain his view of the human soul.
So ignorant are most landsmen of some of the plainest and most palpable wonders of the world, that without some hints touching the plain facts, historical and otherwise, of the fishery, they might scout at Moby Dick as a monstrous fable, or still worse and more detestable, a hideous and intolerable allegory.
The actor also said that despite the serious allegory, the film was "low art" and "completely unpretentious and silly".
The film, an allegory of Spanish transition to democracy, had a stellar cast headed by Carmen Maura, Alfredo Landa and Imperio Argentina.
The pamphlet continues with further exhortations to repentance followed by an allegory about a grasshopper and an ant, the former representing fecklessness, the latter representing thrift. The text ends with a letter to his wife, which is said to have been found after Greene's death.
The picture is an allegory of Mary’s triumph over sin and the sinner’s due punishment, symbolized by mankind chained to the globe.
The play serves both as a tribute to the Scriblerians, especially Gay and Gay's "The Beggar's Opera", and to put forth a political allegory that satirises Walpole's government and the British monarchy.
The poem ("The Vacant Chair") is an allegory that describes the pain suffered by the family of those killed in war when sitting at the Thanksgiving table.
The poem serves as an allegory about a king "in the olden time long ago" who is afraid of evil forces that threaten him and his palace, foreshadowing impending doom.
The third season is also an allegory that draws explicit parallels between the Iraq War and drug prohibition, which in Simon's view has failed in its aims and has become a war against America's underclass.
The title of the article refers to the Dr. Seuss book "Horton Hatches the Egg", in which Horton, the elephant, serves as a surrogate parent for a bird. To illustrate the main theme of her argument, Folbre uses the story of Horton as an allegory for the changing relationship between parents and children.
Then it is simply an allegory...or worse, propaganda."
These were undertaken by unnamed Scottish artists using continental pattern books that often led to the incorporation of humanist moral and philosophical symbolism, with elements that call on heraldry, piety, classical myths and allegory.
This is in sharp contrast to the writings of Gurdjieff himself, such as "Beelzebub's Tales to his Grandson", where the ideas and precepts of Gurdjieff's teachings are found very deeply veiled in allegory.
Yet another genre was the Allegory of Avarice, of which one of the earliest examples is Albrecht Dürer’s painting of a naked old woman with a sack of coins (1507).
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