Hi everyone ! I am new to this forum and this is my first post. So, bare with me. I was reading a book called Angel Eyes by Shannon Dittermore and I came across a line I can't understand. Here it is -
"He sees the enemy. Oh yes, he sees them. But he sees their forces surrounded. He sees an angelic army. Great winged men with swords of light and halos of gold. He sees them lining the mountains that hem together this canyon. He sees horses emerging from fiery skies and chariots with wheels of sunset cloud. He sees riders with bows drawn and arrows of flame fixed on their adversaries."
Particularly I can't the understand the meaning of "sunset cloud" here.
Please explain it to me. Have a nice day !
Okay, for starters, you may recall that the Ancient Greeks viewed the sun's motion across the sky as a mystery, which they explained by the myth of Helios's chariot: HELIUS : Greek Titan god of the sun ; mythology ; pictures : HELIOS, SOL .
English poets of the romantic era also evoked their land's partly Celtic past using imagery relating to a similar vehicle -- as the Celts, like many ancient peoples from Biblical times such as the Egyptians, lacked larger Arabian horses and instead went to battle with 2 steeds drawing a chariot.
And did those feet in ancient time.
Walk upon Englands mountains green:
And was the holy Lamb of God,
On Englands pleasant pastures seen!
And did the Countenance Divine,
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here,
Among these dark Satanic Mills?
Bring me my Bow of burning gold;
Bring me my Arrows of desire:
Bring me my Spear: O clouds unfold!
Bring me my Chariot of fire!
I will not cease from Mental Fight,
Nor shall my Sword sleep in my hand:
Till we have built Jerusalem,
In Englands green & pleasant Land...
I find the language is poetic in your passage, as Probus says, but I find it well written, unlike our friend. Wheels of sunset cloud, in my view, mean wheels made from clouds of the colour of the sunset. In your passage, the imagery is intended to be Biblical in style.