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[17] Metaphors may also be harsh, that is, far-fetched, as in phrases like “the snows of the head” or

Jove with white snow the wintry Alps bespewed.

From Furius, an old epic poet of the second century (not Furius Bibaculus), cp. Hor. S. ii. v. 11.
[p. 311] The worst errors of all, however, originate in the fact that some authors regard it as permissible to use even in prose any metaphors that are allowed to poets, in spite of the fact that tile latter aim solely at pleasing their readers and are compelled in many cases to employ metaphor by sheer metrical necessity.

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