Michael C. Haley
American linguist and academic
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Metaphoric truth is the primary substance of the poetic imagination. A good metaphor is not merely a clever embellishment of the poet's vision; it is often the only precise embodiment of that vision. Nor is metaphor a riddle to be solved, a semantic obstacle to be leapt over, before the poem's meaning can be discovered; it is itself a solution, a leap, a meaning, and a discovery.
Michael C. Haley, American linguist and academic, Semeiosis of Poetic Metaphor, 1989
Posted on December 15, 1999 at 11:49 PM