Though the OED doesn't limit simile to a comparison
employing like or as, this is the usual sense, isn't
it? Metaphor is applied more generally; it contain similes,
among other comparisons. (I find the relation between the Greek
etymology of metaphor and the Latin of translate and transfer
pleasing and informative.)
A large portion of language is metaphor: the legs of a table,
he meant the world to me, ... . Robert Penn Warren and Cleanth
Brooks are useful (and interesting) to read on this in their
introduction to Understanding Poetry. I don't know, though,
what is troubling to you in your italicized phrases. In the first, a
comparison is made by juxtaposition. You cut too much of the second
passage to show how it works that way, too. It is devoured in
the third case that seems to me the obvious comparison, although you
are right that the adjectives, too, bring together ideas. Yet, dry
and passionate are almost standard, unremarkable attributes of talk.
It is not Apollinax who is the marvel. All the strangeness in the poem
-- the novelty, the wonder (or paradox), the ingenuity -- promised in
the epigraph, come, as I read it, from the narrator. Any understanding
of poem, including like an irresponsible foetus, must
take into account the narrator's flair for (or fault in) language, and,
too, the narrator's vivid imagination.
I've never paid attention to his poem before. Thank you, CR, for
helping me begin to do that.
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just an observation
While reading 'Mr. Apollinax', I came upon this oblique way of
which is akin to both a simile and a metaphor:
WHEN Mr. Apollinax visited the United States
His laughter tinkled among the teacups.
I thought.../ ...of Priapus in the shrubbery
Gaping at the lady in the swing.
I heard the beat of centaur's hoofs over the hard turf
As his dry and passionate talk devoured the afternoon.
I wonder if we can categorize these instances of comparison
as similes/metaphors. And if we do, to which figure of speech
do they belong?
Any opinion? Thanks.
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