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More Metonymy: the thread of quotation

The second paragraph in “Quotation and Originality” provides a good example of Emerson’s use of, and philosophical interest in, metonymy–as well as its difference from metaphor. 703 more words

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Metaphor and Metonymy

There are two key elements of poetics, figures of speech, that we have encountered recently with Woolf’s (and Dillard’s) “Death of the Moth” and White’s “Once More to the Lake,” and Emerson’s essays. 1,012 more words

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Essay as Uncanny: Once More to the Moth

You will recall that Jeff Porter, in his “History and Poetics of the Essay,” discusses the Freudian, psychological concept of the uncanny, and applies it to White’s “Once More to the Lake.” As he notes, the uncanny is not simply an experience of the foreign or strange, but rather, of the commingling of the two, the unfamiliar in the familiar. 297 more words

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Word of the day

Metonymy – the substitution of the name of an attribute or adjunct for that of the thing meant; a figure of speech that consists of the use of the name of one object or concept for that of another to which it is related, or of which it is a part;  a figure of speech in which a thing or concept is called not by its own name but rather by a metonym, the name of something associated in meaning with that thing or concept.


Metonymy - Catholics vs Convicts

A questionable metonymy, perhaps, but I think it works, that the Miami players were not actual convicts but the word conjures them because of stereotypes.


Day 140: palm readings

“You missed the palm,” the younger informed me. I was gently scratching her arm from shoulder to fingertips, at her request.

She lay in bed next to me, her right arm stretched up to the ceiling, her fingers splayed. 611 more words