The imagery of the Song of Songs
Munro, Jill Mora
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The intention of this thesis is to classify the imagery of the Song of Songs, and to see how the images therein combine to give movement to the whole. A translation of the Song tests the findings of the analysis. It is accompanied by a discussion of rare words and textual cruxes. Four main chapters follow, containing the main body of the work. Images are examined under the broad categories of ‘Courtly Imagery’, ‘Imagery Drawn from Family Life’ and ‘Nature Imagery’, each of which subdivides into a number of sections. The way in which they combine is considered in the final chapter, ‘Metaphors in Time and Space’. Among the conclusions of the study is the importance of imagery in the constitution of the unity of the Song; the variety of images illumines the themes of seeking and finding, longing and fulfilment from a number of different perspectives, whilst their homogeneity builds up a common language between the lovers. This deepening communion is both the subject and purpose of the Song.