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Metaphorical language in poetry.

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Metaphorical Language in Poetry Metaphors are essential tools in poetry. In the poems "No Ordinary Sun", and "Ron Mason", by Hone Tuwhare, metaphors are utilised by the speaker for different purposes, to enhance images, or enforce meanings; and because they add elements, such as ambiguity, irony, and allusiveness that more prosaic expression cannot. In the first stanza of "Ron Mason", the aspect of Time is personified, where the speaker says that Time `pulls up a chair' in order to pause and ponder the life of Ron Mason, a New Zealand poet, the subject of this poem. A similar use of personification as a metaphor is also used in `No Ordinary Sun', in which the speaker personifies a tree during a ...read more.


This usage is also found in `Ron Mason', in the line `Your suit has not the right cut for me... new armpit sweat'. The speaker is alluding to the difference in their poetry, but says that he will continue doing what Mason did during his life. He is commenting, using the jacket as a metaphor, that even though what he and Mason were writing was different in many ways, what they were doing, expressing themselves using their poetry, was the essentially same. However, the most common use of metaphors is to describe further objects or occurrences. In `No Ordinary Sun', the speaker firstly compares the explosion to more primitive human creations, saying 'this is no mere axe / to blunt, nor fire to smother'. ...read more.


for instance Mason's words being described as `granite', meaning to say that they are as if carved from of stone, and will last long after Mason's time, revealing ideas of immortality of poetry in contrast to the mortality of the poet. Ambiguity is created by the multiple interpretations of this metaphor, as the speaker could also think that the words are steadfast and strong, meaning that they are well backed up and reinforced with reason. These metaphors all enhance the descriptions given by the speaker, and it can be said that without them, these poems would not be as expressive. They can also add elements to writing, such as ambiguity and allusion, which more prosaic expression cannot. Therefore metaphors are one of the most useful tools of language available to poets. ...read more.

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