Pithy, evocative imagery in three-legged microcosms of meaning.  Having coined the term ‘triologism’ I believe this to be the only collection of these tum-tee-tum phrases in the universe.  Updated Tuesdays … triologism day!  

Grape-blue landscape

A darkly overcast day with louring purple-stained clouds, and a storm brewing, until you read the context in which Lee...

Wind-washed air

Elsewhere I have commented on a 'rain-washed sky', and here, wind-washed air, both yielding clarity.

‘The wealth of biological detail...

Briars and birds

Trying to think what species of birds would yield a rainbow of wings, in England.  Robins, blue-tits and finches, perhaps.

...

Tar-dark hair

A surprising rendition of blackness, until you think of pitch-black.  And here is Zeus again having to balance the requests...

Spider-thick world

Despite an occasional pathetic squeamishness, I protect insects and comfortably co-habit with spiders, and like the idea of this great...

Brown-bronze wood frog

Thoreau seems even more partial to frogs than to fungi, and observes them with tremendous patience and sympathy.  I liked...

Quick-growing harvests

A picture of fecundity and plenitude.

'The earth is rich with quick-growing harvests, with sugar and wheat and olives.'

Source:...

Black-coiffed crone

An ancient if none too respectful image of elderly and slightly sinister women.  However, their manifest suffering from sea-sickness removes...

Hard-breathing horses

Caught up in the maelstrom of battle between the Greeks and Trojans, these horses have just seen their master massacred,...

Violet-scented breath

Nowadays it would be 'mint-scented'.

This sinister image, in which fate beguiles with the beauty of an afternoon, is a...

Sea-raddled limestone

Unusual word and usage, 'raddled', and particularly as a simile for hard, grey, hole-riddled bread. 

God protect one's teeth. 

...

Well-nourished horses

A shocking juxtaposition of this attractive image of fine, strong, cared for horses, and their use by Roman cavalry as...

High-perched asylum

In his acknowledgements, Leigh Fermor thanks a number of people for 'kindness and haven during restless literary displacements', and it...

Dark and sparkling

Wu means ‘black’ or ‘dark’ and, not surprisingly, also refers to a crow, as well as being a surname. Combined...

Bruise-coloured clouds

A striking colour name, and particularly as I am now looking out onto ...

'... bruise-coloured and quicksilver clouds...'

 

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1 Comment

  1. B.G. Simons

    Interesting! Your triologisms remind me of the two-word kennings in Beowulf.

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