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On the Ability to Metaphorize: Talking Trees and Singing Tigers in the English Classroom

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This article reviews and discusses how metaphor as a trope has been regarded as an essential element in rhetorical approaches to reading and to writing. In addition it considers the extent to which, while metaphor-making is a fundamental cognitive capacity, a metaphorizing habit of mind may be especially pertinent to some aspects of aesthetic activity in English and it has salience also in a multimodal environment. There is exploration of how contemporary practice in the English classroom could accommodate and consolidate the ability to metaphorize.
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Keywords: metaphorize; multimodality; rhetoric of reading; rhetoric of writing

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: School of Education,Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Publication date: September 1, 2011

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