I think metaphors and allusions both contract as well as expand. I
argued that idea in my book on TWL, last chapter.
I would also like to see the Duffy poem. I have some of her books
at home, but they are probably not the most recent, and I do not
recognize the line.
On 1 Oct 2002, at 10:26, Marcia Karp <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Jennifer Formichelli wrote:
> > As for metaphor, I think the metaphorical should be an extension rather than
> > a contradiction of the literal. 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 there should be many more (and
> > much wealthier) painters.
> Dear Jennifer,
> Could you send more of the poem, or the name of the poem? I read the
> figure, as you've given it, very differently from you and would like to read it
> in context so I might understand your objection.
> Mightn't a metaphor both contract and extend the actual? Aristotle's (was
> it his?) "the ship plows the waves" draws attention to an aspect of the ship
> that is outside usual attention and reminds us, as well, of the farmer and the
> land (extension), but it narrows attention (contracts) to that aspect.