Dear CR: I just read something about Pound's flirtation with spiritualism around the time he wrote this two-liner. The author, whose name I can't recall now, said that "apparition" was the operative word in the poem. Diana
Or think of these lines from 'In a Station of the Metro' :The apparition of these faces in the crowd;Petals on a wet, black bough.where a comparison is not explicitly tagged to a connectivesuch as "like" or "as" but is implied nevertheless.Well, as in the previous context, a poet may look at a thingand be reminded of something. For instance,I looked at her and thought of (was reminded of)heaven/hell/snow/mist/clouds/a gutter/a cigarette butt-- and so on.Of course I imply a comparison -- but do I engagein a figure of speech -- a simile/metaphor ?You may say, of course. Or you might downrightdismiss me as one indulging in irrelevance !Thanks.CR
Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote:just an observationWhile reading 'Mr. Apollinax', I came upon this oblique way of comparisonwhich 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 shrubberyGaping at the lady in the swing.Again,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 comparisonas similes/metaphors. And if we do, to which figure of speechdo they belong?Any opinion? Thanks.CR
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