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From the introduction: The Song of Songs has in every age moved its readers by its imaginative power. Although, in the history of its exegesis, there are few studies of the imagery of the Song for its own sake, images are an essential element in the constitution of the Song and every exegesis must take account of them. Leaving aside, therefore, questions of authorship, date, provenance and literary history, questions which are still much debated by scholars, it is to the imagery that the author directly turns, and in particular to a discussion of the way in which the various interpretations of the Song deal with this important aspect of the poem.
This study focuses upon the language of the Song of Songs in an attempt to see how individual images work together in the constitution of a poetic unity. The perception of certain imaginative fields, each of which organizes a range of related imagery, is helpful to an appreciation of the symbolic density which certain images acquire in the course of the Songs movement and to an acknowledgment of their capacity for narrativity.