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How to Build a Metaphor: Novel Metaphors Construed by Concrete Elements in Tomas Transtromer’s Poetry.
2017 (English)In: Style, ISSN 0039-4238, E-ISSN 2374-6629, Vol. 51, no 4, 506-525 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

In the first linguistic study on Nobel laureate Tomas Tranströmer’s poetry, a hypothesis generated from earlier research in literature was tested on poems where Tranströmer makes use of concreteness to a high degree. In addition, a comparison corpus was created, consisting of poems by authors who share important common traits with Tranströmer. The results did not support the hypothesis, as the comparison corpus also showed a high degree of concreteness. However, in contrast to the comparison corpus, Tranströmer’s poems exhibit no verbal processes among their verbs, which contribute to a heavier expression. Moreover, when investigating the metaphors, an unparalleled quality was revealed. The majority of Tranströmer’s novel metaphors are constructed solely by concrete elements. In contrast to the claim that concreteness in metaphors explains the world (Lakoff and Johnson), Tranströmer seems to show, through many of his metaphors, how wondrous the world is, thereby creating ostranenie “defamiliarization” (Shklovsky).

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2017. Vol. 51, no 4, 506-525 p.
Keyword [en]
stylistics, metaphor, concrete, abstract, conceptual metaphor theory, ostranenie, Tomas Tranströmer, Gunnar D. Hansson, Jesper Svenbro
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Humanities and the Arts
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Scandinavian Languages
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-149507OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-149507DiVA: diva2:1162466
Available from: 2017-12-04 Created: 2017-12-04 Last updated: 2017-12-04

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