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an allegorical picture containing a moral lesson, often with an explanatory motto or verses, esp one printed in an emblem book
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a conventional representation of an abstract concept or idea that makes use of an image of some kind (for example, the dove is the emblem of the peace movement); frequently regarded as a type of allegory. In the narrow sense, an emblem is a symbolic representation usually accompanied by a short motto and a more detailed didactic commentary; it is a pictorial-literary genre characteristic of the culture of mannerism and the baroque. Special collections of emblems that explained, through the use of metaphor, a wide variety of theological, political, and socioethical concepts, enjoyed great popularity from the second half of the 16th century to the 18th century and considerably influenced the literature, fine arts, and decorative art of the era.


Morozov, A. A. “Emblematika barokko v literature i iskusstve petrovskogo vremeni.” In the collection Problemy literalurnogo razvitiia v Rossiipervoi treli XVIII v. Leningrad, 1974.
Morozov, A. A. “Emblematika.” In Kratkaia literaturnaia entsiklopediia, vol. 8. Moscow, 1975.
Emblemata: Handbuch zur Sinnbildkunst des XVI. und XVII. Jahrhunderts. Stuttgart, 1967.
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(44.) Emblematically, William Petty's 1677 The Scale of Creatures situates "savages" between "men" and "animals proper" but does not allow this liminal category to unsettle its dualistic confidence (William Petty, The Collected Works of Sir William Petty [London: Routledge/Thoemmes, 1997]).
His popularity in Bulgaria, emblematically asserted in this poem, nobly and rhetorically naively in equal measure, most probably does not derive from the special artistic merits of the respective works, always executed with explicit and unequivocal Neoclassical inspiration, in Italy as well as in Bulgaria.
In Frasca's work more than others, the dialectic between the element of experience and the labor limae--which is to say, between one's own life and the material objectivity of form--is manifest; it appears emblematically in a text such as the following, taken again from the collection Rive: throw a look around.
She clarified that she emblematically voted against 19th amendment, however, she endorsed the article 175 (A).
The book begins, it's true, with a chapter called "Childhood," which caused this reader to grit his teeth, only to discover that it's not about the author's early years at all; it's about his adopting, as an adult, two boys from a poor family in Morocco to give them the advantages Mitterrand had as a child in that emblematically posh neighborhood of Paris, the 16th Arrondissement.
As Marvin D'Lugo remarks, "the corpulent Coral has been nurtured on a countermyth: the exotic fictions of harlequin novels, radio dramas, popular love ballads, and the Hollywood star system, emblematically embodied by the framed photograph of Charles Boyer over her dressing-table mirror" (36).
Given this subtext, whose lessons emphasize the importance of preparedness, when the speaker says, "For sorrow neer I did not look," "to look" suggests the idea of "to look for" or, more accurately, "to seek" or "to be ready for." Emblematically, then, the speaker is figured as the unregenerate soul, unprepared for the fiery advent.
Even a transgender club is a not insignificant manifestation of the democratizing possibilities latent in the city environment; New York's Stonewall Tavern, emblematically the birthplace of the U.S.
The dense while also being emblematically scientific and technological.
For it seems to me that Kushner has taken the most emblematically American dramatic form and turned it inside-out.
Lena Rangstrom's study of the Governor-General Carl Gustaf Wrangel's series of emblematically embellished partisans (1975) sheds light on the problems of the applied emblems.
According to the critic, Whitman, the "legendary" native precursor, helps Lee lay his own claim to American writer status; Korean-born Lee becomes a "natural," naturalizes himself into America and its letters via the emblematically American, Whitman intertext lodged inside his novel.