Born too far into life: the metaphor of the bee in Walden

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1989
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Swanson, Diana
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In The Banquet Dante Alighieri described the "senses" in which a text might be expounded and understood. The immediate and common sense was the literal; the remaining senses were the allegorical, the moral, and the anagogic, or spiritual. A text could be meaningful on all four levels, but the highest and ultimately most valued sense was the spiritual. For Dante the world itself was symbolic, pointing to a greater truth beyond it.

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