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Into an Allegory: Method, Metaphor, and the Apology of <i>The Pilgrim's Progress</i>

Michael Davies

in Graceful Reading

Published in print July 2002 | ISBN: 9780199242405
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602405 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199242402.003.0005
 Into an Allegory: Method, Metaphor, and the Apology of The Pilgrim's Progress

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It is in the verse preface to The Pilgrim’s Progress that Bunyan defends not only his use of ‘fable’ in the text but also his use of metaphor and allegory as vehicles for conveying spiritual ‘Truth’. Bunyan’s defence of figurative language is placed within the political context of Restoration debates about ‘plain style’, while Bunyan’s use of metaphor has a crucial cognitive (as opposed to a merely decorative) function in communicating the ‘reality’ of spiritual ‘Truth’.

Keywords: allegory; cognitive; metaphor; plain style; Restoration; truth

Chapter.  20225 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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