Huang Shanshan, Wang Feng


Li Bai, a great poet in the Tang Dynasty, is known for his romantic poetic style, but sadness metaphor is not rare in his poems. Therefore, this paper takes sadness metaphor in Li’s poetry as the object of study to explore its metaphorical meanings from the perspective of cognitive linguistics. From that, we can find that image schema is frequently used as the source domain to describe the abstract sadness. Based on this, the authors focus on the relationship between sadness metaphor and image schema and then discuss the English translation of sadness metaphor, trying to find out the characteristics and effective strategies of translating sadness metaphor in Li Bai’s poems.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.46827/ejmts.v1i2.201


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