Book description in this distinctive gem of proustian criticism inge karalus crosman defines the function of metaphor within the text given the metaphoric saturation of prousts textual construction crosmans key to a universal interpretation is narrowed to those metaphors that build up proustian time itself. Metaphors especially poetic ones are important tools for the understanding of the tacit sides of emotions perhaps because of the metaphoric structure of emotions the notion that narrations can be tools for understanding emotions follows from two facts narrations are devices for explanation and emotions have a narrative structure. Emotions have both a narrative and metaphoric structure and we can analyse the concepts of metaphors and narratives partly in each others terms further the concept of narratives can partly be analysed in the terms of emotions. Definition of metaphor metaphor is a figure of speech that makes an implicit implied or hidden comparison between two things that are unrelated but which share some common characteristics in other words a resemblance of two contradictory or different objects is made based on a single or some common characteristics
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