Saturday, December 8, 2012

Mixed Metaphors

The problem with mixed metaphors is not


primarily that two or more diff'rent


comparisons are being mixed, but that


the two comparisons are expected,


and so, dead. The power inherent in


a metaphor is this: the surprise found


when a song takes up its mat and walks out


of the house and makes its bed in your heart.


A mixed metaphor is better than one


that is dead - at least the surprise shocks you


out of expectancy and into thought:


the very thing that which is dead could not.

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