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  1. MsJacquiiC

    Poetica Magnifique Staff Member
    Jun 8, 2006
    Allegory is a figurative mode of representation conveying meaning other than the verbal. Allegory communicates its message by means of symbolic figures, actions or symbolic representation. As a literary device, an allegory is an extended metaphor in which the characters, places, and objects in a narrative carry figurative meaning.

    Allegory is generally treated as a figure of rhetoric, but an allegory does not have to be expressed in language: briefly, an allegory is a device used to present an idea, principle or meaning, which can be presented in literary form, such as a poem or novel.

    Often an allegory’s meaning is religious, moral, or historical in nature. Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene is a major allegorical work in English.

    [fieldset=Excerpt from from "The Faerie Queene: Book I", Canto I by Edmund Spenser]ii
    But on his brest a bloudie Crosse he bore,
    The deare remembrance of his dying Lord,
    For whose sweete sake that glorious badge he wore,
    And dead as living ever him ador'd:
    Upon his shield the like was also scor'd,
    For soveraine hope, which in his helpe he had:
    Right faithfull true he was in deede and word,
    But of his cheere did seeme too solemne sad;
    Yet nothing did he dread, but ever was ydrad.[/fieldset]
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