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Metaphor: A Poet is a Nightingale
The transaction between the poet and the reader, those two instances of one reality, depends upon figurative language—figures of speech, figures of thought. Poetry evokes a language that moves beyond the literal and, consequently, a mode of...
I’m an economist. Yet poetry is my first stop on the way to invention—discovery of metaphors. No matter the audience, a model is a metaphor. Not every economist understands that. Poetry can fill the gap between reason and emotion, adding feelings...
A comparison that is made directly (for example, John Keats’s “Beauty is truth, truth beauty” from “Ode on a Grecian Urn”) or less directly (for example, Shakespeare’s “marriage of two minds”), but in any case without pointing out a similarity by...
Yusef Komunyakaa: “Facing It”
Maya Lin was about as far removed from the Vietnam War as anyone could be, and at just 21, seemed an unlikely candidate to design a prominent national memorial. Lin—a senior undergraduate architecture student at Yale—had studied Scandinavian...
Forms of Politeness
Taking advantage of the relationships and interaction, which actually exist between what happens . . .
Our epoch takes a voluptuous satisfaction
In that perspective of the action . . .
The Subculture of the Wrongfully Accused
Ultimately improved by it:
hitting his prison obliquely
. . .
And as in Alice
Alice cannot be in the poem, she says, because
She's only a metaphor for childhood
And a poem is a metaphor already . . .
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Mastering metaphor a sign of genius?
"To be a master of metaphor," Aristotle wrote in his Poetics, "is the greatest thing by far. It is the one thing that cannot be learnt from others, and it is also a sign of genius." Well we'll be! However, writes Carlin Romano in The...
Our Father who art in heaven, I am drunk.
Again. Red wine. For which I offer thanks.
I ought to start with praise, but praise . . .
Similes and the Moving Van of Metaphor
Here amongst the other New Athenians, "metaphores" (metaphors) is often seen emblazoned on a van. In modern Greek, it means "movers," and comes with burly men used to hoisting large pieces of furniture and boxes marked, in vain, "prosoche"...
Adventures in Parenting: Metaphor, Painting and Narrative for Pre-Schoolers
(Separated at birth?)
My four-year old loves metaphor, although she says she loves simile better than “plain metaphor” because she likes the “like” in a simile. She first became aware of metaphor when in The Berenstain Bears Go Trick...
Exploring the brain on metaphor
It shouldn't surprise those of a poetic persuasion to learn that similar brain activities control both empathy and the ability to process metaphor. The human tendencies to relate to others and to form relationships from abstraction are the two...
The Rock in the Sea
Think of our blindness where the water burned!
Are we so certain that those wings, returned
And turning, we had half discerned . . .
their downward spiral,
with adverbs likely to follow.
. . .
Pauline Is Falling
from the cliff's edge,
kicking her feet in panic and despair
as the circle of light contracts and blackness
. . .
The Search Party
I wondered if the others felt
and as safe: my unmangled family . . .
Unholy Sonnet 4
Amazing to believe that nothingness
Surrounds us with delight and lets us be,
And that the meekness of nonentity, . . .
On the mudroad of plodding American bodies,
my son wove like an antelope from stall
to stall and want to want. I no’ed it all: the wind-up . . .
The True Born Englishman
Thus from a mixture of all kinds began,
That het’rogeneous thing, an Englishman:
In eager rapes, and furious lust begot,
. . .