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Style: The art of writing well by F. L. Lucas

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CHAPTER 9: Simile and Metaphor

‘AS PROSE IS essentially the art of analytical description, it would seem that metaphor is of no particular relevance to it; for poetry it is perhaps a more necessary mode of expression. … But whatever we may say of it, and however great and inclusive the function we assign to it, essentially it belongs to the sphere of poetry. Poetry alone is creative. The art of prose is not creative, but constructive or logical.’ [223]

Such is the austere view of Sir Herbert Read. [224] Aristotle, on the other hand, thought more highly of metaphor. After discussing the value of unusual and poetic words, he continues: ‘But far the greatest thing is a gift for metaphor. For this alone cannot be learnt from others and is ...

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