The possibility of metaphor

“The possibility of metaphor springs from the infinite elasticity of the human mind; it testifies to its capacity to perceive and assimilate new experiences as modifications of earlier ones, of finding equivalences in the most disparate phenomena, and of substituting one for another. Without this constant substitution, neither language nor art, nor indeed civilized life, would be possible.” ~ E. H. Gombrich

Ref: E. H. Gombrich quoted p.v Lincoln Kirstein (1971) Movement & Metaphor: four centuries of ballet. Pitman Publishing: London; Nairobi


About backyardbooks

This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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