Line of Literary Inquiry

Allegory,  Allusion,  Metaphor. How do they relate, and how do you define each, specifically?

An allegory may be thought of as an extended metaphor according to this pageExamples of an allegory are such works as fables and parables. The importance seems to be placed on the long-form nature of the work, as well as the ability to tell two (or more) narratives simultaneously. Setting, characters, and plot are meant to tell a literal story as well as a second story dependent on symbols. If one were to construct a story about a country mouse that moves to the big city, works at a hamburger joint, and ultimately gets a law degree from a school flirting with de-creditation to get a non-paying job at the local Hall of Justice, it could be construed as an allegory of Cal’s post-undergraduate life. Oh yeah, a chapter where he lives in Chicago would go well in there too.

An allusion is more a short- form work (often a sentence or two) that references another person, place, event, or cultural touchstone in order to provide a stronger punch of a specific mood or emotion to the reader. It’s meant to draw on a reader’s presumed experience with the referenced thing to leech the associated thoughts, opinions, and feelings into the work using the allusion. For example, “I felt a sinking sensation in my belly, as wwhazz must have felt coming down the ladder of the crane only to see a police cruiser’s spotlight shining directly in his face.

A metaphor is a work of variable length (as suggested by the existence of the term extended metaphor). It’s a figure of speech; the ideas it connotes are figurative in nature as opposed to literal. The differences between metaphor and simile are well-known to middle school students paying any attention at all, but while similes are the fart joke of the literary world (ed: metaphor) the metaphor is like the steadicam shot from Goodfellas (ed: simile). “Kcar’s brilliant take on the SPASH state softball tournament was a shining beacon in the utter blackness of Northern Wisconsin Prep Sports Reporting.

Metaphor can sometimes be confused with hyperbole; “The Madd Scientist is cuckoo bananas.” is mere hyperbole as opposed to metaphor, as we’re not trying to draw a connection to another literal idea (i.e., insane) but merely exaggerating the truth, which is that he’s bananas.

What’s the difference between me and you? About five bank accounts, three ounces, and two vehicles. Now, what’s an analogy and how does it relate to these literary ideas?

140 thoughts on “Line of Literary Inquiry

  1. fucking yadio mogina rested his pussy on the bench at the last minute, or i would have put in my backup catcher, and had to play byrd off my bench who got a 3 run homer vs crew. UGGGGGG. i am figuring out what it takes to win. next year i’ll probably have heavy side action.

  2. Brian says kicker, kicker, and if there is a good one in the third, kicker. Corner the market, bro.


  3. my complete draft playbook:

    1) who is the next best auto-draft d00d
    2) does he meet the profile? if so: draft; if not: go to step 1.


  4. “the profile” is ambiguous much like the most ideal and noblest of art.

    ok… it’s chin beards.

  5. caron butler to the bucks…. raycilla’s 2nd best crack dealer behind brent moss, and both parked out in orange and blue. hail, hail, hail to thee.


  6. Crack!

    That draft was tough. I was sober for the first time EVER. Both kids are sick and I was up til 5:00 am last night (maybe 3 hours of sleep the previous night) plus I was working during the days. I was afraid that they would keep me up again. No way I could do three in a row boozy. Last night I fell asleep on Pi’s bedroom floor and woke up when she jammed a nook in my mouth.

  7. i’m on the move in baseball… up to 10th. boys of sommers = SUCK.

    i’m happy with my my fooooball team. i tried to set up the rotten wall, but alas, there was only rot. no wall.


  8. I didn’t get has chatty as I wanted. Timmer put the kid down, poured a glass of jamo and then his power went out.

    I had him on the phone and was taking his orders and putting them in on one laptop. Brian was texting me orders and I had him up on a different computer. And I had myself up on the main computer.

    Very busy.

    While this is happening, Brian would text me shit like, “you know the plan”
    and I’d say “Rodgers?”
    And he’d say, “Peterson”
    and then he’d say “no, foster.”
    I’d say “really?”
    And he’d say, “Maybe. Who is Dough Martin? Is he good?”
    And I’d say, “you want doug martin?”
    And he’d say, “Trent Richardson or Peterson.”
    And I’d say, “really?”
    And he’d say, “no not really”
    And I’d say, “TELL ME WHAT TO DO.”
    And he’s say “just take rodgers.” “or lynch”
    And I’d say “you are 5th. Rodgers will be there”
    And he said “take him”

    So that was cutting in on my time to make my own picks, cutting in on my ability to try and join showtime and maddddd’s philosophical discussion on the morality of date rape and Adrian Perterson’s injured third leg.

    It was nice to have timmer on the line. he knew shit like injuries and such.

  9. I got my dream team.

    RG3 QB: I went black on qb after favre retired and now I’m not going back.

    RB Trent Richardson is perfect. Spiller was my dream #1, but I am happy with Trent-e-ba. Plus lawman loves spiller so I’m happy to see them together again.

    RB Bush. I met that fucker in San Diego a few times. Plus it’s fun to type: WEVE GOT BUSH

    WR: Ever hear of Dez Bryant, bro?
    WR: Jordy will make watching packer games extra fun. Plus spite points for taking him before madddddddd. Enjoy Peyton Manning.

    TE: Jerkmichael might be good, right?

    The bench is full of fun: Le’Veon is a pretty name. Julian is str8 up trailer park. Mohamed will bless us all. Sebastian is also pretty. And the Washington D gives me a reason to give 1/10 of a shit about monday night football.

  10. that jordy pick was 100% spite based. i had him set to autodraft in that round… 5 picks away. ugg. i was thinking of getting him in the earlier round, but i’m too MASTERFUL at fantasy sports to make that dum mistake. UGG.

    peapods fell apart after not getting rodgers… i was worried she was going to lose it and destroy her computer and kick the shit out of neezy. bri on the dik snipe.

  11. Touchdown Jordy!!

    Scientist puts his arms up over his head JORDY and little Hwk copies him JORDY.

    And then he sees yahoo update the stats and my team moves up the ranks.

    Everyone wins

  12. I saw your report card from those click mongers over at yahoo.

    You followed their playbook and their robot reporter rewarded you. I drifted and built the team I wanted JORDY and JERKMICHAEL and they penalized me. They were also pissed at me for waiting on my D and K.

    There are a lot of rankings out there. I looked at yahoos and looked at the dude who works with the miz and read few others and then made my own. I always drift though. Same in basball. You can go online and look at dudes who play in $10,000 12 team leagues and they really drift from yahoo.

  13. I have also seen cal win the league doing 100% autodraft and getting an A+. I’ve seen BOP win it and take a C-.

  14. I was hoping the drink would get into the interwebs and swirl around a bit until rodgers came back to where he belonged. Rodgers is always a pod in his heart.

  15. I have images of sparking computers and screaming babies and a stove top fire all happening during your draft.

  16. I will bet you str8 up your kicker does not finish top 3 in yahoo scoring.

    We should get a little list of side action going

  17. i would have gone with the crazy MN kicker if you kept the default scoring with 50+ yarders getting 5 points instead of 4. i made the adjustment and make the right move.


  18. 6 months in jail because you were eating a sandwich and breadcrumbs fell from your mouth.

    my brother-in-law’s family makes a shit ton of money building for-profit private prisons for wisconsin. locking you up for any reason is good for business. buy a law. buy a judge. buy some cops – THEY ARE CHEAP. lock everyone up. FOR THE CHILDREN(*&#!%&*)(!#%&*)!#%&(*)!#%

  19. way to go bucks and the new york jews buying their private interests to benefit from the forced taxation of the public…

    your forced tithings are being spent on a coach who plead guilty to domestic violence, and was arrested for DWI after crashing his car into a pole supporting public telecommunications infrastructure. YOU’LL FIT RIGHT IN! WELCOME TO WISCONSIN! WHERE THE PLAYERS PLAY!


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