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Wisdom & Metaphor

by Jan Zwicky

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“The shape of metaphorical thought is also the shape of wisdom,” states Jan Zwicky in her introduction to Wisdom & Metaphor, “What a human mind must do in order to comprehend a metaphor is a version of what it must do in order to be wise.” In this follow-up to her astonishingly original book Lyric Philosophy (1992), Zwicky sets out to explore the ways in which metaphorical thought links to wisdom: “Those who think metaphorically are enabled to think truly,” suggests Zwicky, “because the shape of their thinking echoes the shape of the world.” Zwicky’s prose style is the very model of her thesis, echoing the measured, sure-spoken clarity of her poetry, guiding the reader through multiple layers of meaning in the right-hand/left-hand voice style that she employed so successfully in Lyric Philosophy. Wisdom & Metaphor is a stunning work that will engage a broad range of readers.

About the Author

Jan Zwicky is a Canadian philosopher, poet, essayist and musician. Zwicky is a Professor Emerita in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Victoria, where she taught both philosophy and interdisciplinary humanities courses from 1996 until 2009. She has served as a faculty member at the Banff Centre Writing Studio, has conducted numerous writing workshops and edits regularly for Brick Books.Zwicky's poetry is featured in a number of anthologies. It deals frequently with music, as well as the natural world, and has often been cited for its intense lyricism. Numerous individual poems have been translated into Czech, French, German, Serbian, Spanish and Italian. Zwicky lives in British Columbia.

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“There’s a reasonable chance that people will be reading [Zwicky’s] work a century from now. This is something that one says of only a very small number of philosophers.” Dr. James Young, Chair, Dept. of Philosphy, University of Victoria

“It is one that should be read, considered and then reread, since there is no doubt that what Zwicky has given us is a book of wisdom.” Anne Simpson, Halifax Chronicle Herald

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