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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...
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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...
Poetry, Wartime, and Unwieldy Metaphors
Fairly or not, combat vets enjoy an enormous advantage of authority in the domain of war poetry. I was therefore initially inclined to sympathize with poet Jorie Graham, who felt obliged to apologize for her nonexistent service record at a recent...
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 . . .
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 . . .
it begins with your face of a stone
where lips repose like two seals
in a coastal mist of cigarette smoke . . .
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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...
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...
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Context, Baby: The Power of Metaphor
A fascinating study by Paul Thibodeau and Lera Boroditsky, from Stanford University, explores the power of metaphor through five experiments "designed to tease apart the 'why' and 'when' of metaphor's power." 482 students were asked to read two...
Pauline Is Falling
from the cliff's edge,
kicking her feet in panic and despair
as the circle of light contracts and blackness
. . .
"'Tis but a vague, invarious delight.
As gold that rains about some buried king.
. . .
In the dark we disappear, pure being.
Our mirror images, impure being.
. . .
All day they stream past, petitioners
for understanding, accolade, critique.
I read them all, a vast anthology
. . .