What’s the literary term for that?
Eg: King Lear’s madness and the storms.
It came up when I was writting a letter, it’s on the tip of my tongue and I can’t think of it! I spent the last hour looking for, if I’d just skipped it, I’d be done by now.
It’s not allusion, and it’s not personification.
Hmm…I can think of a couple of things you might mean. I’m not really clear which one you are getting at in your example (I’m a little vague on what you mean by “State of the King -->state of the country”), but I’m pretty sure that you are talking about a metaphor, analogy, or a simile. In all three of these constructions, similar attributes are transferred to a new object or concept.
No, I remember from my last year of english, there is a specific literary term used for the idea that the fitness of country is a reflection of the fitness of the monarch. This also shows up in the Arthurian stories. When the king goes bad, so does the nation. And there’s a name for it, I’m sure. And I’m still looking through the archives.
Oh, and welcome to the SDMB
A microcosmic-macrocosmic relationship?
Here’s a link dealing with the issue in Celtic/Grail mythology (The Fisher King and/or the Maimed King), but I don’t remember a specific literary term for the relationship. Frazer talks about it a lot in the Golden Bough, if that’s any help.
Great link, it’s nice to know the idea exists outside my own head.
its down the page a bit
but i understand that if the king (pharaoh) was not succesful in this rite it forebode ill for upper and lower eqypt.
the celtic link is excellent