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Metaphor and Gestalt: Interaction Theory Revisited

Joseph Glicksohn and Chanita Goodblatt
Poetics Today
Vol. 14, No. 1 (Spring, 1993), pp. 83-97
Published by: Duke University Press
DOI: 10.2307/1773141
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1773141
Page Count: 15
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Abstract

This paper discusses the relationship between the Interaction theory of metaphor and Gestalt psychology. Interaction theory views the metaphor as a whole (gestalt), created by an interaction between its primary and secondary subjects. Moreover, this paper develops Interaction theory to require a full contextual analysis of the poetic metaphor embedded within its poetic text. We illustrate this Gestalt-Interaction approach by focusing on a particularly complex poetic text having multiple metaphors (Dylan Thomas's Sonnet VII, from his "Altarwise by Owl-Light" sequence). A representation employing primary semantic fields clarifies the underlying structure of the metaphor chain comprising the text.

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