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!  

Many-coloured shield

A rich description of 17th century London, this appears to refer to Westminster Abbey, with lights brightly burning inside.

'Now...

Scum-skinned tide

Something alarmingly contemporary about this polluted surface in Dante's Inferno, especially when he discerns, through the miasma, dead souls fleeing.

...

World-class Achilles

World-class Achilles – as a warrior yes, but as a man, there are other Homeric heroes more admirable, though most...

Plump and pudgy

Pang is the word for ‘fat’, and combined with huhu it means ‘chubby’, ‘plump’ or ‘pudgy’.  It would be a...

Squashed-fly biscuit

A hard, flat, rectangular British biscuit formally called ‘Garibaldi’, we called them ‘squashed-fly biscuits’ because of the tiny dark currants that...

Strip-cartoon dreams

Yes, you can picture a cartoon tramp dreaming of a spit-roasted chicken.  And those six-on-a-spit rotating rotisseries of plump, golden...

Hard-favoured rage

The rage of feeling hard done by, is how I read this.  I like 'disguise fair nature with...', meaning you...

Tassel-ankled feet

As the Greeks gather for war, the goddess Athena rallies them.

 

‘The Daughter Prince, ash-eyed Athena, flew

Her father’s...

Long-memoried trees

 

We know that trees record time and climate in their year-rings – wide rings in good growing years, skinny...

Tawny-maned horses

A journey you would never want to end, the way Leigh Fermor describes it.

'Poppies scattered the green crops, the...

Bullet-echoing crags

Beware the bullet-echoing crags, wherever they are. You can hear those cowboy-film ricochets in this one.

'... bullet-echoing crags of...

Tweed-coloured coast

An aptly named colour for a Scottish coast, and why wouldn't the tweed-weavers take their palettes from the landscapes around...

Champagne-bottle shoulders

What a charming if old-fashioned sounding description of sloping beauty, in this case referring to voluptuous Europa.  And 'callipygous' describes...

Foes and friends

Here, the Trojan hero Hector addresses the Greek Ajax in friendship.  There is a number of heart- prefixed triologisms in...

Soft-palmed servants

How to spot an aristo in disguise and on the run?  Check servants for implausibly soft hands.  Dead give away.  

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  1. B.G. Simons

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

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