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Persistent FormsExplorations in Historical Poetics$
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Ilya Kliger and Boris Maslov

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823264858

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823264858.001.0001

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Against Ornament

Against Ornament

O. M. Freidenberg’s Concept of Metaphor in Ancient and Modern Contexts

(p.274) Chapter 10 Against Ornament
Persistent Forms

Richard P. Martin

Fordham University Press

This essay reveals the interpretive potential and the pathbreaking quality of Olga Freidenberg’s historical construal of metaphor as a mediating term between mythical image and philosophical concept. Martin considers Freidenberg’s theory in relation to Greek primary texts (focusing on Pindar), to the history of theorizing figurative language (including Quintilian, Cicero, Hobbes, and Locke), and to modern cognitive and anthropological approaches to metaphor. In combining attention to the history of a formal element and the history of its theorization, as well as stressing the longue durée and a broadly comparative approach, the essay provides one model for how Historical Poetics can be practiced today.

Keywords:   concept, genre, image, metaphor, myth

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