International Journal of
English and Literature

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. English Lit.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2626
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJEL
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 275

Article in Press

God is a Human Being: Reconsidering Ontological Metaphors in the Poetry of Kabir Das

Anjali Sahoo

  •  Received: 28 October 2022
  •  Accepted: 12 December 2022
This article is all about the conceptual understanding of various divine elements, approaching it through the lens of metaphors to show how they function in Kabir's poetry. The essence of the article lies in extracting relevant conceptual metaphors from Kabir's poems as one method of understanding God as a concept beyond its plain literal definition. It examines the ontological metaphors associated with the personification of God in Kabir Das' poetry. It seeks to investigate the metaphorical conceptualization of divine objects in comparison to various entities. The data is properly generated by selecting primary resources and other academic works from peer-reviewed publications in the selected topic, which offers a wide range of analytical perspectives. Analysis has been done by using Lakoff and Johnson's (1980) Conceptual Metaphor Theory. The study's findings show that God is conceptualized as a human being, a master, a friend, exhibiting a deeper meaning of divinity beyond its literal meaning in everyday language. The ontological metaphorical use of divine abstractions in Kabir's poetry appears to have a greater implication on the level of receptivity and comprehension of the poetry lovers.

Keywords: God, Ontological Metaphor, poetry, Kabir Das