In: Engaging with Literature of Commitment. Volume 2

Mobility is a physical experience that calls forth strong cognitive responses from every individual. Means of transportation thus lend themselves in an ideal manner to being incorporated into a shared repertoire of images, topoi, and general notions. To illustrate this process, we analyse selected poems and discuss the discursive appropriation of the railway, the automobile, and the airplane in the light of conceptual metaphor theory and conflicting discursive societal positions. We aim to show that the appropriation runs through different stages, ultimately leading to a stage at which the mobility technology turns into a metaphor itself.

In: Perspectives on Mobility