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“Now morn, her rosy steps in the eastern clime
In the following description of an Alpine storm there are two comparisons; and in the first stanza thrte nouns, three adjectives, and four verbs; and in the second, five nouns, one adjective, one verb, and two participles, are used by a metaphor. Which are they!
“The sky is changed. And such a change! Oh, nighty
mountain now hath found a tongue;
“ And this is in the night. Most glorious night!
Let each scholar form a sentence in which a noun is metaphorized. Let each form one in which a verb is metaphorized. Let each form one in which an adjective is used by the figure. Let each form one in which a noun and verb are used by it. Let each form one with a metaphorical noun, verb, and adjective.
THE Metonymy is a change of name, by the denomination of a thing by a noun that is not its proper nor its metaphorical denominative, but is the proper name of something with which, as a scene, place, cause, effect, or source, it is intimately connected ; as when a person is said to have a clear head instead of a clear mind; and to keep a good table instead of good food; and when the name of a place is put for its population; as, “ Assyria, the rod of mine anger” (Is. x. 5), in which the armies of Assyria are meant, instead of the country. “Thou hast forsaken thy people, the house of Jacob” (Is. ii. 6), where house is put for family, or descendants. “Ye have consumed the vineyard” (Is. iii. 14); “Your land, stra
“ Your land, strangers devour it” (Is. i. 7), in which vineyard and land are put for their fruits. “Ramah trembles, Gibeah of Sau! flees, Madmenah wanders” (Is. x. 29, 31), in which these names of places are put for their inhabitants.
The metonymy is founded on an intimate connexion of that to which the borrowed name is given with that from which it is transferred; not, like the metaphor, on a resemblance between them. There is no likeness between a city and the inhabitants that reside in it; between a country and its population; nor between the head and the mind that animates it. It is a verbal figure, therefore, or lies in the artificial use of a word, not in the use of a thing The figure occurs frequently in the Scriptures ;
Jehovah of hosts, him shall ye sanctify; he shall be your fear, and he your dread” (Is. viii. 13), where fear and dread are put for their object. “Is this the man that made the earth shake, that made the kingdoms tremble” (Is. xiv. 16)? It was not in the power of the king of Babylon to make the earth shake, or kingdoms tremble; they are used, therefore, by metonymy for the population of the earth, and the rulers of the kingdoms. “. And it was told the house of David, saying, Syria is confederate with Ephraim; and his heart was moved, and the heart of his people, as the trees of the wood are moved with the wind ” (Is. vii. 2). Here house is put for Ahaz the king, and his family, the descendants of David ; Syria for its population, or rulers; and heart for the mind. The figure is employed also by the poets, as in the following, in which world is used for its inhabitants :
“The world may dance along the flowery plain, Chased as they go by many a sprightly train."
In the following, heaven is put for God who reigns there:
“Inquirer cease; petitions yet remain
While Heaven may bear, nor deem religion vain :
In the following, year is put for the products of
the year :
“Blossoms, and fruits, and flowers, together rise ; And the whole
“ In these green days
The whole creation round; contentment walks
Here sickness, health, and contentment, are put for persons who are subjects of them.
In the following, the heart, which grief assails, is put for the person who grieves :
“ The silent heart which grief assails
Age, in the following passage, is put for the aged:
Age should fly concourse, cover in retreat
The figure is often used in conversation; as, “ Did he pay you in paper or in coin ?” “He paid