Death And Death: The Concept Of Death

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From mapping it is clear that the night represents death by meeting night, the narrator is saying that he encounters death. Thus, the idea of death is reinforced by the conceptual metaphor A LIFETIME IS A DAY and activates the general metaphor DEATH IS A JOURNEY TO A FINAL DESTINATION. The experiential basis of this metaphor can be traced from different sources, for example the person usually is active and feels alive during the day. Moreover the phases of life can be also expressed in terms of moments of day, taking into account that, for example, as a mature, the person has the biggest strength and he is also the most actively living just as plain and ordinary activities are mostly done at noon. However, let’s study an instance of cultural …show more content…

2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.”
Genesis 1-3, [BIBLE] The abstract from the Bible, depicts the creation of life from the chaos. The light was called day, so the life has been associated to these concepts, whereas night and darkness were conventionalized referring to Death or Evil. That might be one of the reasons why these conceptual metaphors overlap to re-activate images of Life and Death and are effortlessly perceived providing logical traits to the poems where they occur. The conceptual metaphors LIFE IS LIGHT, DEATH IS DARKNESS might be seen in the apocalyptical poem “Once By the Pacific” that is full of biblical allusions . The poem depicts a night when the ocean’s waves seem to destroy everything: “It looked as if a night of dark intent/ Was coming, and not only a night, an age.”, it is clear that dark night will bring the death of everything and “the age” refers to the destruction of the …show more content…

The poem “The Onset” presents a meditation of the realities of life and death through the change of seasons, coldness and warmth, revealing several basic conceptual metaphors that acquire subsequent logical characteristics: LIFE IS SPRING (LIFE IS HEAT), DEATH IS WINTER (DEATH IS COLDNESS), DEATH IS SLEEP (DEATH IS NIGHT). These conceptual metaphors are interconnected because they have emerged from the same experimental basis, together they build up the image scheme of Life and

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