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Why Metaphors? A Study of the Texture of Isaiah

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This chapter discusses the role of the metaphor as a major instrument to present the poetry of Isaiah as agreeable. Metaphors play a crucial role in the process of communication and the presentation of the argument as self-evident. The chapter analyzes the communicative function of the metaphors in the book of Isaiah. The metaphor of Isaiah 5:24 refers to the disastrous end of the wicked. The metaphor, based on the common experience of nature, is the unrefutable demonstrative premise. The text of Isaiah is rich in figuration, which means that one faces an argumentative discourse. A rhetorical reading of the book of Isaiah reveals an argumentative discourse, which sheds light on the texts's intentions. The figurative language points out on oratorical attempts to create dialogues with the audiences. In this rhetorical endeavour the study of metaphor as an argumentative literary strategy takes a special place.

Keywords: argumentative discourse; book of Isaiah; figurative language; metaphor; poetry; rhetorical reading

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