chapter  8
Conceptual metaphor and its expressions
Editors’ preface
ByPeter Crisp
Pages 16

In this chapter, Peter Crisp identifies and discusses a range of conceptual metaphors in a poem by D.H. Lawrence, ‘The Song of a Man Who Has Come Through’. Cognitive linguistics has argued for some time now that conceptual metaphors originate in everyday, shared human experience. What Crisp demonstrates here is how Lawrence takes certain conventionalised conceptual structures and revivifies them for his readers. Crisp revisits a number of the basic tenets of cognitive linguistic theory and examines in detail their relevance for cognitive poeticists. There is plenty of scope for you to test the ideas put forward in this chapter for yourself, by comparing your own analysis of Keats’ ‘The Fall of Hyperion’ with that provided by Crisp in his appendix. You may find also it particularly useful to read Crisp’s discussion and the chapter by Michael Burke, which follows, alongside one another.