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Metaphor, Allegory, and the Classical TraditionAncient Thought and Modern Revisions$
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G. R. Boys-Stones

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199240050

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199240050.001.0001

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Metaphor, Simile, and Allegory as Ornaments of Style

Metaphor, Simile, and Allegory as Ornaments of Style

(p.7) 2 Metaphor, Simile, and Allegory as Ornaments of Style
Metaphor, Allegory, and the Classical Tradition

Doreen Innes

Oxford University Press

This chapter gives a detailed survey of surviving ancient discussions of metaphor, simile, and allegory as ‘non-literal’ tropes of ornamentation. The absence of metaphor and simile from Horace’s discussions of literary style is raised as a puzzle, and explained by Horace’s wish to avoid hackneyed theory in favour of practical exemplification.

Keywords:   allegory, metaphor, simile, ornament, trope, rhetoric, Horace

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