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.



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From: Diana Manister <[log in to unmask]>
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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,

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