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Teaching metaphorical expression through modern Japanese poetry

  • Journal of Japanese Culture
  • 2018, (79), pp.317-337
  • DOI : 10.21481/jbunka..79.201811.317
  • Publisher : The Japanese Culture Association Of Korea (Jcak)
  • Research Area : Humanities > Japanese Language and Literature
  • Received : October 14, 2018
  • Accepted : November 9, 2018
  • Published : November 30, 2018

Nam, Yi-sug 1

1군산대학교

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ABSTRACT

In this paper, metaphors in Japanese modern poetry were studied. Finding that first, the expressions of similes and metaphors were alike. They were created through discoveries of similar things that are not generally alike, even though both have different features such as elucidation and implication. Second, the similes and metaphors in poetry were original with an enriched imagination which the analogies, used in proverbs and everyday life, cannot provide. Moreover, the expressions of simile and metaphor in the poetry contributed to the effective communication of message and theme. Last, the intricate metaphors tended to cause difficulty in the understanding of poetry because of their ambiguity. However, they also stimulated to the development of an infinite expansion of thinking and creative language. Teaching poetic analogies by focusing on expression techniques and promoting their application daily using language can open the possibility of education through poetry.

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