I Never Metaphor I Didn't Like : A Comprehensive Compilation of History's Greatest Analogies, Metaphors, and Similes, Hardback Book

I Never Metaphor I Didn't Like : A Comprehensive Compilation of History's Greatest Analogies, Metaphors, and Similes Hardback

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'An idea is a feat of association, and the height of it is a good metaphor' - Robert Frost. 'It is metaphor above all else that gives clearness, charm and distinction to the style' - Aristotle.

Throughout history, great minds have demonstrated a special ability to ingeniously and creatively find a relationship between things that initially seem quite alien to each other.

This talent was recognised as early as 2500 years ago by Aristotle.

Metaphors may be the most versatile tool in the toolbox of a person who is trying to express a powerful idea.

In this book, linguistic specialist Grothe discusses the use of metaphor in a wide variety of life settings.

He presents metaphors in life altering situations; about the human condition; in wit and humor; insults and criticism; relationships; love; marriage; sex; stages and ages of life; stage and screen; politics; sports; and, the literary life.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Dictionaries of quotations
  • ISBN: 9780061358135



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A compendium of quotes, organised by topic, all phrased in the form of metaphor, simile or analogy. It's an unusual twist on the usual premise, and does work well. The author's comments at the beginning of each section are interesting, as are his sporadic comments on selected quotes throughout the text. It makes for pleasant reading, and certainly covers a wide range of sources (Aristotle to ex-Prime Minister of Australia, Paul Keating). If you enjoy miscellanea, this is worth adding to your library. My only quibble is this: how often do you find quotes that<em> aren't</em> metaphorical in nature? (And hence, is the book's premise actually a point of difference, or just of semantics?)

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This one was lots of fun. I have read through it once but it is the kind of book you need to peruse repeatedly to absorb. There are so many wonderfully-phrased ideas in there! I'll keep it for PC so I can reread and use for reference.I didn't realize until I finished it and glanced at the back flap that the author lives in North Carolina, so that's an extra reason for me to appreciate it!

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