Publication details [#10147]

Sommer, Elyse and Dorrie Weiss. 1996. Metaphors Dictionary. Detroit: Visible Ink Press. 833 pp.
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Book – monograph
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This dictionary contains more than 6,500 metaphors under 600 subject headings. The introduction presents different types of metaphor: mixed, extended, personification, allusion, metonymy, and antonomasia. Subjects range from abstract ideas as Abandonment, Enthusiasm, and Guilt to the concrete: Rainbows, Pets, and Diaries. Entries are arranged alphabetically by subject and then by author. The metaphors are from all periods of history, Homer to Bill Clinton, and represent the words of poets, speech writers, journalists, scientists, philosophers, business people, actors. (Sabine De Knop)