Poems use metaphor, obviously, but is this in the same as we use metaphor everyday. The answer is perhaps surprisingly yes and surprisingly no. Poets can't just make it up, they are not humpty dumpty in Alice. They will use the eternal verities that are central to our language - e.g. love is fire or love is madness or time is an object "he disappeared into the night" BUT like the chess grand master using the same opening as a novice so with the poet, the grandmaster attempts to play "off book" to a move as yet undocumented, after a well known opening. So the poet will use a 'cliched' metaphor and then attempt make again something new. And this book describes this process in wonderful detail.
'In this bold and powerful book, Lakoff and Turner continue their use of metaphor to show how our minds get hold of the world. They have achieved nothing lessthan a post modern "Understanding Poetry", a new way of reading and teaching that makes poetry again important.' Norman Holland, University of Florida. (from rear cover of the book)