Poetic Metaphors

Creativity and interpretation

ORCID logoCarina Rasse | University of Klagenfurt, Austria
ISBN 9789027211118 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027257734 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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Poetry pushes metaphor to the limit. Consider how many different, dynamic, and interconnected dimensions (e.g., text, rhyme, rhythm, sound, and many more) a poem has, and how they all play a role in the ways (metaphorical) meaning is constructed. There is probably no other genre that relies so much on the creator’s ability to get his or her message across while, at the same time, leaving enough room for the interpreters to find out for themselves what a poem means to them, what emotions and feelings it evokes, and which experiences it conveys. This book uses interviews, questionnaires and think-aloud protocols to investigate the meanings and functions of metaphors from a poet’s perspective and to explore how readers interpret and engage with this poetry. Besides the theoretical contribution to the field of metaphor studies, this monograph presents numerous practical implications for a systematic exploration of metaphors in contemporary poetry and beyond.
[Figurative Thought and Language, 15] 2022.  xvii, 190 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“Carina Rasse’s inaugural book, Poetic Metaphors: Creativity and Interpretation, explores the dynamic Venn-diagrammatic shared-ness between poetic thoughts/writings of contemporary poets, and the metaphorical interpretations from readers of that poetry. As a unique and precise empirical analysis, and an extremely well-written monograph—packed with compelling insights, the book will intrigue and enthuse anyone caring about metaphor and/or poetry.”
“Rasse’s marvelous book reports an empirical study on poets’ reflections and students’ understandings of metaphors in these writers’ poems. She addresses critical links between poets’ creative thinking and readers’ typical inferences from poetic language. Metaphor researchers and literary scholars will appreciate its emphasis on real poets and real readers in their joint pursuit of poetic meaning.”
“Carina Rasse for the first time, offers empirical studies on poets' thoughts about poetic metaphor and presents these alongside analyses of what readers interpreted when reading their poem. This work covers significant ground towards studying how poets themselves craft extraordinary metaphor and what happens when those metaphors are let out into the wild.”
“A remarkable study and compelling read, Poetic Metaphors: Creativity and interpretation goes beyond just showing that conceptual metaphor is as fundamental to poetry understanding as to poetic creativity. The monograph's undoubted merit is the analytical connection between readers' perception and emotion that brings convincing evidence of empathy in reading experiences.”
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Cited by 3 other publications

Colston, Herbert L.
2023. The roots of metaphor: the essence of thought. Frontiers in Psychology 14 DOI logo
Katz, Albert N., Carina Rasse & Herbert L. Colston
2023. On Poetry and the Science(s) of Meaning. Metaphor and Symbol 38:2  pp. 113 ff. DOI logo
Tshering, Ugyen
2023. A Model for Teaching Critical Reading in an ESL Curriculum. English Studies at NBU 9:2  pp. 271 ff. DOI logo

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Literature & Literary Studies

Theoretical literature & literary studies

Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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