Thursday, January 7, 2010

She said it's about Metonymy

I have to admit I'm a little embarrassed to say that when Ms. D first mentioned the word "metonymy", I had no idea what she was talking about. Things started making sense as I reached way back in the memory bank to recall the first time I must have heard the word "metonymy". In high school. Mr. Komac's sophomore honor's English class. I do not remember specific examples, but do not really expect to. That was a long time ago. However, I do recall his soft little voice. I never appreciated what a genius he was until after I was well gone from his class. Sorry, I get side-tracked really easily. Anyway, as we discover new things about ourselves and the world around us, we were told by Ms. D that metonymy would have a big role in this class. "The purpose of our class-to name, identify the fellow brothers/sisters be identified." Thus, we have the meaning of metonymy? At least, that's what I wrote in my notes.
Once again, I have to apologize for drifting from the subject of why I am writing this blog.

Today's entry is my introduction and a few thoughts that I had. Our assignment was to post this picture and open up a blog. This photo was taken somewhere near the border of Utah and Nevada right as the sun was setting. I really like it, because I love nature. I do not think there is any metonymy here. Well, I guess you could interpret it how you want to, but I did not take it with that intention. However, therein lies a good point. That is the lovely thing about art in any form. To me, this photo meant nothing other than some pretty scenery, but who's to say that 200 years from now, there won't be scholars interpreting my photo the way we interpret the Mona Lisa. Is it at all possible that Da Vinci had no implied meaning for drawing one of the most disputed pieces of art in all of history? I like art. I like to interpret it just like everyone else, but I always wonder, "What if there is really nothing special about the Mona Lisa? What if Da Vinci just liked to paint manly-looking woman?"
Sorry. Drifted from the subject again. I should probably stop here. This is my introduction. I hope it's what she is looking for.

1 comment:

  1. Getting off topic = A traditional essayist (see montaigne)

    Metonymy = comes from a greek word which means "change of name". Or giving something another name. We are naming the refugee situation.