But there is a distinction. Figurative language is not literal.
No doubt a chair's legs got their name from their resemblance to
animals' legs, and so the name was originally a figurative usage, like
the teeth of a gear or dentil moulding.
And your tone was mocking.
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On Feb 23, 2010, at 3:48 PM, Marcia Karp <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Dear Carrol,
> As you indicated to me last night, you know I asked the question
> about a chair's leg to get Diana and others not to be misled by a
> too-easy distinction.
>> A literal meaning is simply different from a metaphorical or
>> symbolic meaning.
> It is a well-worn example of the difficulty in making such
> Manister wrote:
>> Dear Carrol,
>> Marcia asked you the question as a way of mocking what I posted. I
>> leave you and Marcia to your self-satisfied gloating.
>> Presumably my idiocy comprises a belief that Eliot's title is not
>> meaningless. I never suggested ignoring the root of the word
>> "Gerontion." Are you saying my approach is overly determinate or
>> not sufficiently indeterminate? It seems to me you accused me of