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A rarely used term for psychic content of an idealistic or spiritual nature.
[G. anagōgē, fr. an- ago, to lead up]
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Anagogy's purpose is transcendental and aesthetic: for the reader, it presents letters to be deciphered within a designated space, and if there is a likeness of God among the possibilities, the activity becomes a prayer, or perhaps a hymn, and merits grace.
This paper explains the medieval writing process known as palindromic structure, a face of anagogy that, as far as we can determine, has largely been ignored in literary criticism.
Above all, there are features of history, the anagogy of this discussion.
One of the ways in which Marcel's dramas effect the communication of his Catholic anagogy is through catharsis.
(3) Ralph McInerny offers this description of anagogy in his "Preface" to The Catholic Writer, 10.
The dynamic in creation that brings about a return to God is experienced by humans as an uplifting or anagogy. This concept expresses both God's benevolence and love seeking to draw creatures to him, and the utter reliance of lowly creatures on divine power to raise them beyond their own capacities.
I suggest that for O'Connor the logic of anagogy implies that the visible realities of this world only take on a fullness of meaning--indeed, they only become truly visible--when seen in the paradoxical light of the unseen.
The new creation, which is the referent of anagogy, is not an annihilation but an elevation, as O'Connor knew so well, grace does not destroy but perfects and elevates nature.
(94) In terms of symbolic theology, the Church needs to be unveiled or interpreted by allegory, anagogy, and tropology.
Cotrupi's emphasis on the sublime is also absolutely central for understanding Frye, whose account of anagogy in Anatomy of Criticism is very close to what Longinus calls ekstasis.
These are: history, which speaks of things done; allegory, in which one thing is interpreted by means of another; tropology, that is, moral utterance, in which one treats of the development and ordering of morals; anagogy, which is the spiritual understanding, by which we are led to higher things through discussion of the highest and celestial.