The definition of Synecdoche is a figure of speech in which a part is substituted for a whole or a whole for a part. Now that definition confused me but once i got to reading the chapter i understood it a little better. Heres an example i came up with; “The world treated him badly.” The whole world did not treat him badly only a part did. The whole is used as the part. I had trouble finding examples of Synecdoche in the poems, What examples of synecdoche were you able to find?
Metonymy is a figure of speech that consists of the use of the name of one object or concept for that of another to which it is related, or of which it is a part of. Like “a bottle” can be used for a “drink.” On page 47 it explains how shakespeare used metonymy to “that kings, scholars, and physicians must die in time” He calls them other names and states “come to dust” as a symbol of their “death”.
What other examples of metonymy were you able to find?
A symbol is “an image that stands for more than it denotes literally.” (page 49) Poets soemtimes use small symbols in their poems to portray a larger picture. On page 54, in the poem “The Sick Rose” by William Blake, where the Rose was the symbol of a love, that was getting “sick” by an invisible worm that was infecting it with darkness. “O Rose, thou art sick! The invisible worm That flies in the night, In the howling storm.”
Do you think symbolism is a great way for poets to discreetly send a message to their readers?