Song of Solomon by Toni MorrisonMilkman Dead was born shortly after a neighborhood eccentric hurled himself off a rooftop in a vain attempt at flight. For the rest of his life he, too, will be trying to fly. With this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison transfigures the coming-of-age story as audaciously as Saul Bellow or Gabriel García Márquez. As she follows Milkman from his rustbelt city to the place of his family’s origins, Morrison introduces an entire cast of strivers and seeresses, liars and assassins, the inhabitants of a fully realized black world.
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Keys to Understand the Song of Solomon
The book in its present form postdates the Babylonian Exile 5th century bc onward , but the poems that it preserves date from about the 10th century bc , the period of the Davidic monarchy. There is no coherent story in the book. A number of the poems systematically describe the beauty and excellence of the beloved. The Song of Solomon has received various interpretations, the most common being allegorical, dramatic, cultic, and literal. Among Christians, the book is interpreted as describing the covenantal love of Christ for his church.
The Song of Songs is truly one of the most beautiful love poems ever written. The song describes the courtship and marriage customs of the time, and can be read as an inspired portrayal of ideal human love. Chapter is one of the most famous passages of Hebrew Scripture and often recited at many weddings today. It is also interpreted as the mutual love of the Lord and his people, and prophetically is a symbol of the love between Christ and his Church. It has also been named the Song of Solomon and the Canticle of Canticles. King Solomon is named the author of the original poem , although the written version handed down to us, because of the nature of the Hebrew with Aramaic, Persian and Greek loan words, may have been transcribed at a later date. The poem features a dialogue between two lovers, one male and one female, and their profession of love for each other.
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The Song of Songs is unique within the Hebrew Bible: it shows no interest in Law or Covenant or the God of Israel, nor does it teach or explore wisdom like Proverbs or Ecclesiastes although it does have some affinities to wisdom literature , as the ascription to Solomon indicates ; instead, it celebrates sexual love, giving "the voices of two lovers, praising each other, yearning for each other, proffering invitations to enjoy". In modern Judaism the Song is read on the Sabbath during the Passover , which marks the beginning of the grain harvest as well as commemorating the Exodus from Egypt. There is widespread consensus that, although the book has no plot, it does have what can be called a framework, as indicated by the links between its beginning and end. The introduction calls the poem "the song of songs", a construction commonly used in Scriptural Hebrew to show something as the greatest and most beautiful of its class as in Holy of Holies. A dialogue between the lovers follows: the woman asks the man to meet; he replies with a lightly teasing tone. The two compete in offering flattering compliments "my beloved is to me as a cluster of henna blossoms in the vineyards of En Gedi", "an apple tree among the trees of the wood", "a lily among brambles", while the bed they share is like a forest canopy. The section closes with the woman telling the daughters of Jerusalem not to stir up love such as hers until it is ready.