Sunday, November 18, 2012

Transferred Epithet

A transferred epithet is an adjective modifying a noun that it does not normally modify but which makes figurative sense:
  • Blind mouths! that scarce themselves know how to hold / A sheep hook.
  • In an age of pressurized happiness, we sometimes grow insensitive to subtle joys.
The transferred epithet can be used to introduce emphatically an idea that an author plans to develop.  

Stylistics vs Literary Criticism

  We should not confuse stylistics with literary criticism.   Stylistics (or linguistic stylistics) is a branch of linguistics. It investi...