April 13, 2014 by KWills
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.)
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.