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Metaphor in Theory & Practice

Introductory/Intermediate | To craft powerful metaphors, writers need a deep understanding of how metaphors work. In this co-taught workshop, we’ll discuss metaphor theory by Black, Lackoff & Johnson, and Ricouer, and look at examples of metaphor in poets like Auden, Donne, Graham, Stevens, and Szymborska. We’ll ask: How does metaphor work in the reader’s mind? Is metaphor conceptual or ornamental? What is gained with metaphor or lost without it? Students will generate metaphors in poems or flash fiction workshopped in our final session.

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Instructor: Kascha Semonovitch and Roger Gilman

Class Type: 6 Sessions

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Term: Fall 2018

Start Date: 10/28/2018

End Date: 12/02/2018

Days of the Week: Sunday

Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Kascha Semonovitch and Roger Gilman

Kascha Semonovitch holds a PhD in philosophy and MFA in poetry. Her poems and essays have appeared in journals including The Bellingham Review, Zyzzyva, and The Kenyon Review. She taught philosophy at Seattle University and edited two collections of philosophical essays.

Roger Gilman has a PhD in Philosophy from The University of Chicago. He taught interdisciplinary courses in the Arts and Sciences at Northeastern University in Chicago. He held positions as department Chair and Dean of the College. He is a former poetry editor of the Chicago Review and has published poems in various magazines, among them Poetry Northwest. He is a winner of the Boynton Prize in poetry and of a National Endowment of the Humanities fellowship. His research concerns theories of metaphoric meaning-making and the role of metaphors in artworks and scientific explanations.

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