Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Figuratively Speaking – Revised Edition - Oxford Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Figuratively Speaking: Revised Edition

Robert J. Fogelin


Figuratively Speaking (1986) examines figures of speech that concern meaning—irony, hyperbole, understatement, similes, metaphors, and others—to show how they work and to explain their attraction. Building on the ideas of Paul Grice and Amos Tversky, this work shows how figurative language derives its power from its insistence that the reader participate in the text, looking beyond the literal meaning of the figurative language to the meanings that are implied. With examples ranging from Shakespeare, John Donne, and Jane Austen to e.e. cummings, Bessie Smith, and Monty Python, thi ... More

Keywords: figures of speech, rhetorical tropes, irony, hyperbole, metaphor, simile, synecdoche, satires, Paul Grice, Amos Tversky, Aristotle, Max Black, John Searle, Donald Davidson

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199739998
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199739998.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert J. Fogelin, author
Dartmouth College
Author Webpage