A special issue on "Cognitive Approaches to Metaphor" calls forth in this paper a collaboration between a literary critic and a cognitive psychologist. This particular convergence of the two disciplines is to be found in a Gestalt-Interactionist theory of metaphor. which views the reader as being faced with a problem-situation presented by the text. We have implemented a methodological strategy which juxtaposes an analysis of individual protocols, produced by a reader "thinking aloud." with a depiction of the reading process by means of a flowchart. Our objective is to provide empirical support for viewing the process of metaphor comprehension in terms of the cognitive process of problem solving, as students of literature begin to unravel a whole poetic text (an Imagist poem). We have thus shown how real readers have dealt with a real text in real time.
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