FARNSWORTH’S CLASSICAL ENGLISH METAPHOR

WARD FARNSWORTH
243pp 2016 LIST PRICE: £27.95 LA43

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The most entertaining and instructive book ever written about the art of linguistic comparisons. Farnsworth collects the most eloquent examples, arranges them by theme and provides the historical and cultural backdrops that inspired their use. He offers specific accounts of where metaphors originate, how they have been and can be used and why they work. Along the way, the book provides a wide-ranging tour of actual usage -- specific examples from novelists, playwrights, philosophers and orators. What might have been a dry analysis full of Greco-Latin terminology becomes an enchanted garden of lively English prose.