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Critical Introduction

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A further theme explored is that of illusion and the blindness of love. This precept is again rigorously followed by Stewart, particularly with reference to the downfall of Roland, who is described in varying and declining degrees of bestial symbolism. In this chapter, James also suggests varying the names given to the sun, the moon, and the other planets-if the poet calls the sun Apollo in one verse, he must call it Phoebus in the next. At first glance the chapter seems incompatible with what was actually going on.It is not argued that James was Stewart's only influence, or that Stewart was James' only pupil, merely that the two texts are patently interdependent given the extreme closeness and eagerness with which Stewart followed James' instructions.

Keywords: bestaial symbolism; blindness of love; Critical; illusion; Introduction; Phoebus



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