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altan

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Hi Friends,
About the highlighted text; " He was thinking very clear, poetic similarities ...." etc. Is that correct?
 

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nickel

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Hello, Altan. It is pretty straightforward.

He thought in pictures/images, and poetic figures were [to him] unshakable logical arguments.
 

altan

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Thank you Nickel. Literal translation is so. But isn't there any metaphor? "To think in Picture"! Kazantzakis "likes" metaphors. And about "παρομοίωσες", i see it as "similarity of clauses in a sentence"2015-11-28 19-52-16 A Greek-English school lexicon. To which is added a dictionary of proper nam.jpg
 

nickel

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Παρομοίωση (plural παρομοιώσεις, in literary demotic παρομοίωσες) is a simile, a figure of speech.

So: He thinks in pictures and figures of speech, which to him are as rational as logical arguments.
 

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Mod Almighty
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A -rather tardy- attempt in Turkish: Resimlerle düşünüyordu, ve ona göre şiirsel mecazlar sağlam, mantıklı kanıttı.
 

Severus

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As far as "ποιητικές παρομοιώσεις" is concerned, I would use "poetic imagery".

A free translation:

His thoughts had been pictures, and poetic imagery his compelling rational arguments.



And some relevant examples taken from other literary pieces:

All his thoughts were pictures, and he clothed the most abstract ideas in the glowing images of poetry.

https://books.google.de/books?id=3S...nepage&q="his thoughts were pictures"&f=false



It could not have been otherwise; his pictures were his thoughts, and he painted where another would have wept.
http://www.forgottenbooks.com/readbook_text/Frasers_Magazine_1872_v5_1000595173/565
 

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Mod Almighty
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A correction in my foregoing translation: Resimlerle düşünüyordu, ve şiirsel mecazlar sağlam, mantıklı kanıt gibi geliyordu ona.
 
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