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Prose PoetryAn Introduction$
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Paul Hetherington and Cassandra Atherton

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691180656

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691180656.001.0001

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Metaphor, Metonymy, and the Prose Poem

Metaphor, Metonymy, and the Prose Poem

(p.177) Chapter 8 Metaphor, Metonymy, and the Prose Poem
Prose Poetry

Paul Hetherington

Cassandra Atherton

Princeton University Press

This chapter studies another central feature of prose poetry: the use of metonymy and metaphor. Metonymy allows writers to use phrases or individual words in ways that suggest an array of meanings, enriching and adding complexity to their writing — and there are many kinds and examples of metonymy, just as there are many kinds of metaphor. Metonymy is especially important to prose poems because it complements, enhances, and complicates their literal and metaphorical meanings. The chapter then discusses the importance of such figurative language to reading and interpreting individual works, allowing an understanding of the ways in which many prose poems simultaneously present a variety of possible (often shifting) interpretations. It also looks at prose poetry's resonant employment of intertextuality to enrich its content.

Keywords:   prose poetry, metonymy, metaphor, prose poems, figurative language, intertextuality

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