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!  

Soft-eyed cattle

If you have ever stopped to commune with cows in a field, you’ll have noted their softness of gaze, big-eyed...

Slang-dotted prose

A lively description of Simon Winder's zestful style which demonstrates that prose needn't be plodding just because it's about a...

Lavender-flavoured comfits

Winder's witty and summary dismissal of the less interesting Haydn symphonies, cranked out for aristo-soirées. And isn't that a marvelous...

Rain-glazed grass

This makes me think of the freshness after a downpour, the drops glistening on the pointed leaves of the lawn....

Wild-looking grass

One of the landscape changes of recent years is the steady return of wild-looking grass where previously there were endless,...

Glaucous-green field

I found myself wondering just what shade of green is glaucous, and learning that it is either 'a dull greyish-green...

Tide-rippled sea

Nicolson's book is as much about the sea as the land, and the tidal pull it exerted for centuries on...

Bat-haunted cave

In general, I would run a mile from anything bat-haunted - apparently random, erratic flight patterns bring out some primeval...

Topaz-coloured eyes

Adrienne is far the most interesting female character in this monumental trilogy, and there is great finesse in the author's...

Holly-patterned ribbon

This quotation, and its festive triologism, haunts me for the closing sentence which yields the book's loving title: The time...

Wide-cheeked monster

Orlando accompanies his beloved Sasha back to the Muscovite ship, and soon loses her below deck.  When searching for her,...

Sweet-blooded natures

A description of the Reverend Irwine, whose sisters are elsewhere described as being entirely superfluous.  He is the only person...

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  1. B.G. Simons

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

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