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Anxious gatekeeping

Analogous to nervous cluelessness is something we might call “anxious gatekeeping.”   This is desire to police the borders of poetry, or of...

Monday, February 22, 2016

Catachresis and synesthesia

We know this means an expression like the legs of table that are metaphors that have no literal equivalent. There is no non-metaphorical word in English for the legs of the table. In music, there is no non-metaphorical term for chromatic (colorful). Or when describing a tone as dark or bright, that is the normal, metaphorical way of talking about it. How else would you say it? A dry sounding cymbal. etc... Similarly to describe the movement of music, its ups and downs, etc... Not every way of talking about music is a catachresis with a root in something non-musical. But for the most part this vocabulary is based on catachresis.

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