At 02:25 PM 10/1/2002 +0100, Jennifer Formicelli wrote:
>As for metaphor, I think the metaphorical should be an extension rather than
>a contradiction of the literal.
Well, as long as you're remembering that the literal comes into being at
all first as an extension of the metaphorical: no figurative language, no
language. The literal arises with "the letter." The cart can't pull the
Also, I know that Peter and I are probably the only two McLuhan enthusiasts
on the list, but I can't help observing that your disagreement with him
seems to be a clash of temperaments, the visualist opposed to the earful.
Your stress is on the line of separation, his on resonant interpenetration
of verse with epigraph. That's not a value judgement or a reckoning of
right and wrong; just a thought.
>There is such a thing as bad metaphor. Viz,
>Carole Anne Duffy's 'my feelings [or whatever] run like paint in the rain'
>strikes me as hideous, for if paint ran so
Paint running in water is messy, not an uncommon take on feelings, but
like Marcia I'd want to see the context.