I’m so excited about the page I’m sharing with you today – The Mind is a Metaphor – it makes my English major heart very happy. The site is a database of metaphors and root-images that inspired the novelists, poets, dramatists, essayists, philosophers, belle-lettrists, preachers, and pamphleteers of the long eighteenth century (1660-1819). The eighteenth-century ended up being my subject area in my Master’s program.
It is amazing to see a collection this large of metaphors. As of April 2015 there were over 14,000 metaphors in the database.
I would recommend heading directly the About page when you arrive. It gives you a thorough background on this metaphor database and its scope. It also offers directions for how best to search it. You can learn about how to use the facets (categories), or you can check out how to do fancier searching here.
Or if you’d rather just dive right in, on the main page, you’ll find the facets on the left side of the page, and on the right side you’ll find the metaphors. You could start browsing right from there, or you can use the search engine beneath the banner.
This is an amazing resource of metaphors. Go check it out today!