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SPeak Performance by Jim Walz

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Chapter 7

Metamining: Deconstructing Metaphors for Meaning

Now there’s a look in your eyes, like black holes in the sky.

—Pink Floyd, “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”

The members of the 1970s rock group, Pink Floyd, were masters at developing metaphors in their lyrical content. Their lyrics, even those that are more obscure such as the one above, carry a haunting message that causes us to search deeply for the meaning. And when we find that meaning, we discover the sheer genius of the imagery in their songs. Take a moment to consider this lyric. The song is about Syd Barrett, guitarist and a founding member of Pink Floyd. As a child, he was a very bright and intelligent. Later in life, he began to abuse drugs and eventually his personality bordered ...

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