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Farnsworth's Classical English Metaphor (edición 2016)

por Ward Farnsworth (Autor)

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Farnsworth's Classical English Rhetoric was the definitive guide to the use of rhetorical devices in English. It became a best-seller in its field, with over 20,000 copies in print. Here now is the natural sequel, Farnsworth's Classical English Metaphor-the most entertaining and instructive book ever written about the art of comparison. A metaphor compares two things that seem unalike. Lincoln was a master of the art (A house divided against itself cannot stand). So were Jefferson (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants) and Shakespeare (All the world's a stage/And all the men and women merely players). Farnsworth's book is the finest collection of such figurative comparisons ever assembled. It offers an original analysis of patterns in the sources and uses of metaphor. It also explains the different stylistic ways that comparisons can be written, and with what effects. The book starts by dividing the sources of metaphor into families, including nature, architecture, animals, and myth. It then shows how the best writers have put each of those traditions to distinctive use-for the sake of caricature, to make an abstract idea visible, to make a complicated idea simple. The book provides, along the way, an extraordinarily wide-ranging tour of examples from novelists, playwrights, philosophers, and orators. There is interest, instruction, and amusement to be found on every page. Ward Farnsworth-lawyer, dean, teacher, and polymath-has produced another indispensable book for the writer. Classical English Metaphor will be a constant source of learning and enjoyment for anyone who appreciates the art of observation and the pleasure of well-chosen words.… (más)
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Título:Farnsworth's Classical English Metaphor
Autores:Ward Farnsworth (Autor)
Info:David R. Godine, Publisher (2016), Edition: First Edition, 256 pages
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Farnsworth's Classical English Metaphor is an extensive look at the use and construction of metaphor in the English language. This is not a dictionary of metaphors so don't expect to simply look up quotes by writers. This has a lot of quotes but they are incorporated into the text as illustrations and examples of types and variations.

I have been going through this book for some time now, reading it once through then periodically revisiting chapters when the mood struck. This book serves as both a wonderful learning tool for writers as well as a splendid reference for them. Unless the only thing you want to do is use the words of someone else then this is the book for you. Through discussion and many examples you will confidently understand metaphors that others use as well as create your own to better express your own thoughts.

Highly recommended to readers and writers alike. If you're a bit of a nerd like me you'll probably visit this book many times for both help and entertainment.

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Farnsworth's Classical English Rhetoric was the definitive guide to the use of rhetorical devices in English. It became a best-seller in its field, with over 20,000 copies in print. Here now is the natural sequel, Farnsworth's Classical English Metaphor-the most entertaining and instructive book ever written about the art of comparison. A metaphor compares two things that seem unalike. Lincoln was a master of the art (A house divided against itself cannot stand). So were Jefferson (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants) and Shakespeare (All the world's a stage/And all the men and women merely players). Farnsworth's book is the finest collection of such figurative comparisons ever assembled. It offers an original analysis of patterns in the sources and uses of metaphor. It also explains the different stylistic ways that comparisons can be written, and with what effects. The book starts by dividing the sources of metaphor into families, including nature, architecture, animals, and myth. It then shows how the best writers have put each of those traditions to distinctive use-for the sake of caricature, to make an abstract idea visible, to make a complicated idea simple. The book provides, along the way, an extraordinarily wide-ranging tour of examples from novelists, playwrights, philosophers, and orators. There is interest, instruction, and amusement to be found on every page. Ward Farnsworth-lawyer, dean, teacher, and polymath-has produced another indispensable book for the writer. Classical English Metaphor will be a constant source of learning and enjoyment for anyone who appreciates the art of observation and the pleasure of well-chosen words.

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