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By Robert J. Fogelin

during this up-to-date version of his short, enticing e-book, Robert J. Fogelin examines figures of speech that hindrance meaning--irony, hyperbole, understatement, similes, metaphors, and others--to exhibit how they paintings and to give an explanation for their appeal. construction at the principles of Grice and Tversky, Fogelin contends that figurative language derives its energy from its insistence that the reader perform the textual content, having a look past the literal which means of the figurative language to the meanings which are implied. With examples starting from Shakespeare, John Donne, and Jane Austen to e.e. cummings, Bessie Smith, and Monty Python, Fogelin demonstrates that the highbrow and aesthetic strength of figurative language is derived from the chance it presents for limitless elaboration.

Fogelin provides a contemporary restatement of the view, first recommend by means of Aristotle, that metaphors are to be handled as elliptical similes. He then deals a close safety of this "comparativist" view of metaphors in line with criticisms which have been introduced opposed to it by way of a chain of eminent philosophers. This re-creation is up-to-date to mirror newer paintings at the subject and should curiosity philosophers, linguists, and literary theorists.

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