Of course, anyone can throw together unlikely combinations for no rhyme or reason. Wallace Stevens, of course, the master of such imagery, did it with great purpose and style. Regards, Kate -----Original Message----- From: Diana Manister <[log in to unmask]> To: [log in to unmask] Sent: Fri, 8 Jun 2007 9:50 am Subject: Re: Juxtaposition Carrol, your point is well taken. Robert Bly's Leaping Poetry, an ostensible presentation of the value of unlikely juxtapositions in poetry, includes many poems that seem only hodge-podges of imagery. Anyone can throw unexpected combinations together; take one from column A and one from column B and voilà -- soluble fish! Carrol wrote: While abrupt juxtapositions without accompanying label of their point are prominent in much 20th-c writing, it is well to keep in mind Pound's warning (paraphrased from memory) against any old rotten cabbage thrown on any fine silken couch. There is, for example, a certain tongue-in-cheek quality to Pound's lines in Canto VII -- "Beer-bottle on the statue's pediment! "That, Fritz, is the era, today against the past, "Contemporary." Carrol Don’t miss your chance to WIN $10,000 and other great prizes from Microsoft Office Live ________________________________________________________________________ AOL now offers free email to everyone. Find out more about what's free from AOL at AOL.com.