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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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9) The letter teaches the deed; what you believe, allegory; Tropology, what you do; what you strive for, anagogy.
She is understanding anagogy in its traditional function of leading to heaven.
Monks and Fryars read the "sand," or minor arts--the bits of letters and figures--of the Psalter, and know anagogy by its Hebrew name, sod.
3) Ralph McInerny offers this description of anagogy in his "Preface" to The Catholic Writer, 10.
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.
A generic "experience of transcendence" is not, it seems to me, what O'Connor understands anagogy to be intended to effect.
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.
This "visionary light" is the light of anagogy, by which one may come to behold an intimation of the divine glory.
3) It seems to me to be incorrect to say only that anagogy "should be understood as an interpretive concept, and, therefore, directly dependent for its validity upon the tools of critical analysis" (Wynne 34).
The dynamic in creation that brings about a return to God is experienced by humans as an uplifting or anagogy.
The Dionysian themes of light and anagogy are reiterated in his consideration of Scripture.