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!  

Grey-eyed Athena

Much is made of Athena’s beautiful eyes; elsewhere they have a ‘prussic glare’ and are ‘wide-apart’.  Remember, Athena is the...

Lacquer-black Vltava

Lovely vowel harmony in that 'lacquer-black', it deserves to entirely supplant the boringly bog standard 'pitch black'.  Do me a...

Under-song voices

How lovely this idea, a bird's soft, sweet, seldom heard 'under-song'.

Shhh!  Switch off the music, the television, the radio,...

Silver-plated water

I have seen beaten-bronze and copper-coloured water, but never silver-plated.

'The cool, placid, silver-plated water at even coolly awaits the...

Beam-borne planks

A poetic description of an ancient and abandoned bell tower; somehow 'beam-borne' implies flying rather than static, and I liked...

Well-disciplined eye

John Stilgoe describes Thoreau thus in his preface to the journals, highlighting Thoreau's well-disciplined eye and his awareness of the...

World-class Achilles

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

Dark-named destiny

Another term for death, the fate of Asios who, horse-proud, insisted on driving his chariot into the fray where he...

Star-streaming claws

Williamson's book is about otters and water, as the medium in which they thrive, mate, hunt, play and escape, bubbles and...

Tempest-haunting birds

I picture scurf-surfing cormorants and carrion birds buffeted by winds in anticipation of sailors' corpses washing up on the wind-blasted...

Horn-pronged gables

This reminds me of some of the pointed and upturning gables and eaves in traditional Chinese and south-east Asian architecture.

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  1. B.G. Simons

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

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