Metaphorical Perceptions: Understanding Human Experience in Mary Oliver’s ‘Breakage’ through the Lens of Lakoff and Johnson’s Theory

Authors

  • Roseline Jesudas, Zakiuddin Mohammed

Keywords:

Conceptual Metaphor, Poetic Techniques, Cognitive Underpinning, Metaphorical Mapping, Poetic Language

Abstract

This study explores how metaphors, based on Lakoff and Johnson’s conceptual metaphor theory, shape our understanding of the human experience in Mary Oliver’s poem “Breakage.” It employs a qualitative method involving close reading and metaphorical analysis to identify conceptual metaphors and to examine their cognitive underpinnings. Furthermore, it explores how these metaphors relate to real-life scenarios and shape readers’ interpretation of the poem. The study aims to comprehensively analyse the metaphors in “Breakage,” examining their ability to evoke emotions, depict imagery, and convey profound meanings. This research enhances readers’ comprehension of conceptual metaphors in poetry and Mary Oliver’s poetic techniques by exploring the cognitive processes in understanding poetic language and the influence of metaphorical mappings. Additionally, it highlights the critical role of language selection in poetry in evoking emotions among readers and effectively conveying complex ideas. In addition, this study emphasizes how metaphors influence readers’ interpretation of poetry and shape their perception of the world.

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Published

2024-06-07

How to Cite

Roseline Jesudas, Zakiuddin Mohammed. (2024). Metaphorical Perceptions: Understanding Human Experience in Mary Oliver’s ‘Breakage’ through the Lens of Lakoff and Johnson’s Theory. Onomázein, (64 (2024): June), 31–46. Retrieved from http://www.onomazein.com/index.php/onom/article/view/678

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