Analyzing Wallace Stevens 'Motive For Metaphor'

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Near the end of Frye’s thought provoking essay, he explains his title; Frye uses the same title as the poem “The Motive for Metaphor” by Wallace Stevens. Frye compares a simile and metaphor; one compares the likenesses but acknowledges the differences while the other explains that one object equal to another object. Since it is impossible that one object is the same as another object, Frye considers that a metaphor turns a blind eye to logic and reasoning. The beginning of Frye’s essay discusses and compares art and science. Similes represent science and reasoning while metaphors embody the artistic side. Frye’s goal is to combine the art and science side; this merges the creative and logical sides of the brain. A writer must know his/her

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