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Book: Explorations in Stylistics

Chapter: Conceptual metaphor, its paradoxes, modifications and distortions in the poetry of John Donne

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.21970


This chapter concerns itself with the extent to which John Donne in his Songs and Sonnets and religious poems relies on and exploits metaphorical patterns variously known as conceptual metaphors, root analogies or metaphor themes. These are conceptually important metaphors whose importance is manifest in the frequent number of types of metaphorical lexical items realising them in the vocabulary of English, or in the frequency of tokens of them in text.

Chapter Contributors

  • Andrew Goatly ( - book-auth-316) 'Lingnan University'