April 13, 2014 by KWills

The letter J

The placement of two things side by side. A literary device that suits poetry well, due to the concise and open nature of the medium.

The juxtaposed ideas can be opposites, or even (apparently) unrelated. By putting them side-by-side, new light can be shed on both. (Compare ‘oxymoron’: the juxtaposition of seemingly contradictory ideas.)

Form: Huitain


Traffic roaring past my bedroom
Quickly fades to background rumble
Aching muscles’ pain takes head-room
But in time, familiar grumbles
Lose themselves in rough and tumble
All must fade that’s too familiar
Or makes up the daily jumble
One-time shocking, now inferior.

A French form, consisting of eight lines of eight syllables each. The rhyme scheme is interlocked: ababbcbc, although other permutations exist. 


One thought on “Juxtaposition

  1. Alex Hurst says:

    This was an interesting one. I think there may be a typo in the fourth line though… possibly. Or my brain has just quit on English tonight.

    Alex Hurst, fantasy author in Japan, participating in Blogging A-Z April Challenge.

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