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Morning (<i>Cath</i>. 2)

Gerard O'Daly

in Days Linked by Song

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199263950
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741364 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263950.003.0003
Morning (Cath. 2)

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This chapter explores the symbolic night-day contrast of the poem: night as the time of crime and transgression, day as the time of purposeful activity and virtue. But the vanity of worldly ambitions is contrasted with the vocation of poetry composed on behalf of the Christian community. The biblical account of Jacob's wrestling with a man (in the poem, with an angel) and his wound is interpreted symbolically, under Ambrose's influence, as the struggle to be virtuous in submission to the divine.

Keywords: night-day symbolism; poetry as vocation; Jacob; Ambrose; virtue as struggle; transgression

Chapter.  5295 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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