A trope is an algorithm for generating a certain kind of meaning.
1. Choose a noun.
2. Choose a cause of that noun.
3. Swap 2 for 1.
4. This is called metonymy.
Example: Prefab Sprout, “The King of Rock 'n' Roll.” What a joyful and sardonic song, mixed together in such a perfect blend. As a fan of chord clusters, you have to admit, etc.
Reminds me of my days at NYU!