Holstein's Envoy in Vienna
- Jan 26, 2001
Originally posted by Secret Master
However, in contemporary writing, you might be able to get away with the shotgun over the fireplace as having a metaphorical purpose regarding the oppression of Starbucks employees named Mel from Manhatten....
Which reminds me of a case that had taken place at my high school some time back. The students were to write about the metaphorical language of a poem about a spring morning. One student claimed that there was no metaphoric intent in that poem and that the author was just describing a spring morning, nothing more. He got an F.
The author of that poem was still alive, and so the student wrote to him, asking what his intention with the poem was, if there was an underlying metaphorical motif. The author replied something along the lines, "I just wanted to describe a spring morning."
The student presented his teacher with that letter. Her reaction? She scolded him for questioning her authority and tried to have him expelled from school. The F was not revoked.
I think there's an obsession of wanting to see symbolism and metaphors everywhere.