ah, metaphor

September 29, 2006

I must applaud New York Times writer Rick Lyman, whose use of metaphor in his recent article on corporal punishment borders on the transcendent. Or at least, I could never write such a thing as this (emphasis mine):

“Tina Morgan, who works on a highway crew in rural North Carolina, gave permission for her son to be paddled in his North Carolina middle school. But she said she was unprepared for Travis, now 12, to come home with a backside that was a florid kaleidoscope of plums and lemons and blood oranges.”

Bravo, Mr. Lyman, for your assurèd command of the intricacies of our language. You have inspired me, sir.

–D. S. W.


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