[ilds] Myths and Metaphors

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Tue Feb 1 08:11:53 PST 2011

True, but I don't see much of a difference, except in the emotive force of the language.  So,

1.  Bill's retorts are like jazz-trumpet shots.

2.  Bill's retorts are jazz-trumpet shots.

What's the difference?  You can argue no. 2 is literally not true, but that's nit-picking and ignoring how everyday speech works.  The mind immediately recognizes and accepts the metaphor.  I'd argue that no. 2 is more powerful because the mind has created something new and exciting — grafted together dissimilars.  It's a kind of myth making, creating a world.  Durrell's use of metaphor works in this way.  Read about "a sky of hot nude pearl" and you've entered Durrell's Alexandria.


On Jan 31, 2011, at 6:14 PM, William Godshalk wrote:

> Similes are not quite the same as metaphors. Durrell loved similes, and realized that some of his similes are grotesque. He recurrently uses similitudes that may verge on the metaphor, but are not.
> Bill 

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