Robert J. Fogelin

in Figuratively Speaking

Second edition

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199739998
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895045 | DOI:

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After tying up some loose ends under the heading of clarifications, the main point of this final chapter is to show that this account of metaphors and other figurative comparisons goes beyond trite examples like “Sally is a block of ice” to examine their use in rich literary contexts. This includes an examination of what this chapter calls metaphors of wit—cases where a comparison seems wildly farfetched, yet is brought home. There is also a discussion of the interaction of metaphors—the ways in which they can support and control one another. Going beyond the first edition, the notion of a figurative comparison is applied to the trope, synecdoche, and to two genres, fables and satires. The fables come form Aesop and Thurber, the satire from Swift.

Keywords: wit; interaction of metaphors; synecdoche; fable; satire; poems by Shakespeare; Donne; Frost; and cummings; fables by Aesop and James Thurber; satire by Jonathan Swift

Chapter.  7945 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy

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