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More than Cool Reason: A Field Guide to Poetic Metaphor

More than Cool Reason: A Field Guide to Poetic Metaphor
Author: George Lakoff - Mark Turner
ISBN 13: 9780226468129
ISBN 10: 226468127
Edition: 1
Publisher: The University Of Chicago Press
Publication Date: 1989
Format: Paperback
Pages: 237
List Price: $23.00

"The authors restore metaphor to our lives by showing us that it's never gone away. We've merely been taught to talk as if it had: as though weather maps were more 'real' than the breath of autumn; as though, for that matter, Reason was really 'cool.' What we're saying whenever we say is a theme this book illumines for anyone attentive." — Hugh Kenner, Johns Hopkins University

"In this bold and powerful book, Lakoff and Turner continue their use of metaphor to show how our minds get hold of the world. They have achieved nothing less than a postmodern Understanding Poetry, a new way of reading and teaching that makes poetry again important." — Norman Holland, University of Florida


Metaphor is not merely a decorative aspect of poetic language; it is a mode of everyday thought that allows us to comprehend one conceptual domain in terms of another. With great clarity, Lakoff (linguistics, U. of California, Berkeley) and Turner (English, Chicago) explain how poems rely upon and extend the basic metaphors by which we make sense of the world. The paper edition is available ($11.95, 46812-7). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)