January 31, 2011 § 1 Comment

Allegory is one beast, but presents herself as two or three (women eh?!). Dante Alighieri and Allegory had a complex love affair in which she was sometimes five or six beasts at once. Most scholars believe this was the true cause of Dante’s exile.  She is a tricky beast but interesting and compelling.  She is to be approached with caution and respect.  She is very wise, very old and very useful. Pictures of Allegory change depending on how many things she is trying to be at the moment the image is taken. In this picture it looks like she’s working on five. Her younger sister is Comma Splice.


1. A representation of an abstract or spiritual meaning through concrete or material forms; figurative treatment of one subject under the guise of another.


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