The Lighting of the Lamps (<i>Cath</i>. 5)

Gerard O'Daly

in Days Linked by Song

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199263950
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741364 | DOI:
The Lighting of the Lamps (Cath. 5)

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This chapter discusses the poem's themes: various kinds of light, natural and artificial, as gifts of the creator Christ, defeating night and darkness; the narrative of Moses and the Exodus from Egypt, the burning bush, the Red Sea crossing, divine gifts of food and drink to the Jews in the desert; symbolic interpretation of Exodus as life's journey towards paradise, which is evoked in idyllic terms; Christ's descent into Hell; evening vigils in the lit-up basilica; the Trinitarian motif; and the intertextual link to Horace.

Keywords: light; light-darkness contrast; Moses; Exodus; burning bush; Red Sea crossing; symbolism; Christ in Hell; vigils; Trinity

Chapter.  9087 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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