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Saturday, May 2 • 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Metaphor and the Art of the Fine Poetic Line FULL

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Metaphor is most familiar as the literary device through which we describe one thing in terms of another, as when Shakespeare has Romeo say: "Juliet is the sun." But metaphor is much more than a literary device employed by love-struck poets when they refer to their girlfriends as interstellar masses of incandescent gas. Metaphor is intensely yet inconspicuously present in everything from economics and advertising to politics and business to science and psychology. Fresh metaphors are essential to writing fine lines, the rich, robust sentences that characterize the most compelling poetry. In this lively, interactive workshop, we will work with metaphor to create the kind of concise, vivid sentences that linger in readers' minds.

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James Geary

deputy curator, Nieman Foundation for Journalism
James Geary is the Deputy Curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. He is the author of two books about aphorisms, The New York Times bestseller The World in A Phrase: A Brief History of the Aphorism and Geary's Guide to The World's Great Aphorists. His... Read More →

Saturday May 2, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Charter School Room 2

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