Figurative Comparisons: The Traditional View

Robert J. Fogelin

in Figuratively Speaking

Second edition

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199739998
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895045 | DOI:
Figurative Comparisons: The Traditional View

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This chapter offers a modern restatement of Aristotle's notion that there is no fundamental difference in the figurative force of metaphors and similes. This is commonly called the elliptical simile view of metaphors. This chapter replaces the notion of an elliptical simile with the wider notion of a figurative comparison. On this approach, both metaphors and similes are taken to be figurative comparisons. This squares with Aristotle's view that the difference between the two is trifling.

Keywords: Aristotle; metaphor; simile; elliptical simile; figurative comparison

Chapter.  1914 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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