Tag: Symbolism

Quote of the Day: Spurious Symbols

 

“The notion of symbol… has always been abhorrent to me… The symbolism racket in schools… destroys plain intelligence as well as poetical sense. It bleaches the soul. It numbs all capacity to enjoy the fun and enchantment of art… In the case of a certain type of writer it often happens that a whole paragraph or sinuous sentence exists as a discrete organism, with its own imagery, its own invocations its own bloom, and then is it especially precious, and also vulnerable, so that if an outsider, immune to poetry…, injects spurious symbols into it…, its magic is replaced by maggots.” — Vladimir Nabokov, Strong Opinions, 1973

I found this quotation in another work, The Beauty of the Infinite, by David Bentley Hart, which another Ricochet member sent me to aid in my understanding of Orthodoxy. I wish I might have had that quotation readily at hand in more than a few English classes in my schooling years. Both Nabokov and Hart take great issue with the needless dissection of the beauty and flow of language in vain quests to unearth hidden meanings, while ripping the context of the language itself to shreds, and utterly failing to appreciate works on their own (and complete) merits, or on their own beauty and form.

Seven Sevens – Torah

 

The number “seven” represents the physical creation of the world. The number is very common in the Torah – it is the number required to make something all anew, or to change something.

Just as it took G-d seven days to create the world, it takes mankind a period of seven to transform ourselves or others. Seven is the number representing the cycle of days to achieve Shabbos, the cycle of seven years to the land’s fallow year, and at other places in the Torah, the period of mourning, or shaming, or healing. Each of these things is compared, by the use of the same number, to the creation of the world.

Member Post

 

While other Ricochet members have been banging their heads against a wall, making that monotonous trumping sound, I’ve been blissfully aloof in Far Cry 4. The game is two years old now. But the dynamic open worlds of Elder Scrolls and Far Cry games are always fun to return to… not least for their beauty.  Preview […]

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Commenting on a restless dreams post yesterday, Claire Berlinski described a recurring dream in which she is being required to take an exam she hasn’t prepared for. She wondered if there were ideas on what that meant.   One function of dreams, as my theory goes, is to help us work off emotions we accumulate during the day, […]

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