The medieval symbolism of the unicorn is about love, purity and virginity; they can only be trapped by virgins, to whom they are attracted.
A more modern symbolism represents the unicorn as symbolic of loss and mourning, referencing a loss of innocence rather than innocence itself – we can no longer allow ourselves to believe in unicorns if we expect to be taken seriously. The unicorn has become a forbidden delight, and also an infinitely sad one, because we know we may never be permitted to indulge in such a fantasy again.
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Program Manager and English consultant
I’m a program manager and academic at an Australian University.
I’m a teacher and researcher in the field of networked media with a particular interest in interactive, participatory and online forms of documentary. I have also engaged as an artist, writer, editor and producer of programmed and networked texts.
My new project is mayor, a graphic novel set in thirteenth century Spain: http://geniwate.com/?p=5880
I recently started a freelance business called Virtually English. I’m a content strategist and producer (across all forms of web media and SEO), I teach English as a foreign language, and I do academic editing for uni students and academics.