Symbolism, Its Origins and Its Consequences

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The notion of the symbol is at the root of the Symbolist movement, but this symbol is different from the way it was used and understood in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. In the Symbolist movement, a symbol is not an allegory. The Belgian writer Maurice Maeterlinck defined its essence in an article that appeared on April 24, 1887, in L'Art moderne. He wrote that the notion of a symbol in the Symbolist movement is the opposite of the notion of the symbol in classical usage: instead of going from the abstract to the concrete ...

Symbolism, Its Origins and Its Consequences 2010, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne

ISBN-13: 9781443823920

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