Analyzing and Applying Metaphors

In this class exercise, we start with this quotation from Roger Lundin and Susan Gallagher’s Literature Through the Eyes of Faith.

In place of the long-standing Aristotelian view of metaphor as substitution, as a process in which poetic words ‘stand in’ for literal ones, we could perhaps say that the metaphorical process is one of interaction. When we use a metaphor, we say that one thing is another. We take a word from its conventional context and apply it to a new situation.

Group Work/Analytical Application: Identify and explain the metaphors below.

  1. With how sad steps, O moon, thou climb’st the skies!

How silently, and with how wan a face!

  1. But thy eternal summer shall not fade

Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st

  1. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height

My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight

For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.

Personal Application: Create a metaphor for each of the things listed below.

  • Your mind
  • Your heart
  • The thing you most love to do
  • Your relationship to school
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Analyzing and Applying Metaphors

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