This book is a study of some ways in which Shakespeare exploits the possibilities of metaphor. Clearly, the terrain is too vast to permit of general or definitive coverage; and I present, therefore, a series of case-histories, from the early and mature Shakespeare. The play itself is in each case the sole area of investigation. My prime interest is in metaphor as a controlling structure, and my aim in each play is to detect the extent to which a certain metaphoric idea informs and organises the drama.


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  1. 3.
    A. D. Nuttall, Two Concepts of Allegory (London, 1967 ) p. 21.Google Scholar
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    For an illustration, see E. H. Gombrich, Art and Illusion (London, 1960 ), P. 5.Google Scholar

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© Ralph Berry 1978

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  • Ralph Berry
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  1. 1.York UniversityCanada

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