Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Paul Ricoeur on how metaphors work

'the place of metaphor, its most intimate and ultimate abode, is neither the name, nor the sentence, nor even discourse, but the copula of the verb 'to be'. The metaphorical 'is at once signifies both 'is not' and 'is like'
Paul Ricoeur 'The rule of metaphor' university of toronto. Eng trans 1977 pp 7

1 comment:

Matt Bales said...

but is 'is like' or 'is not like' the more dominant comparison. Because this decision could transform how you understand the metaphor. So is metaphor primarily positive or negative?