Poetics - Section III Summary & Analysis

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Section III Summary and Analysis

There are many different uses of words in writing. "Current" words are those which are commonly used by a certain group of people; everyday words which every member of the audience ought to understand. The opposite of this would be "strange" words—words which belong to some other culture or society.

The poet also uses words metaphorically, and this is done in many ways. For example, the poet may use a general word to mean a more specific one. One may say that a wagon is moving, and this is true, but it would be more accurate to say that the wagon is moving on its wheels, which are moving. However, the writer uses the more general term ("moving") to suggest the more specific one ("moving on rolling wheels"). Likewise, metaphor can be used in the opposite way...

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