Juxtaposition: the fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect. (Oxford Dictionary)
Don’t ask me why, but I love this word. At uni, it became a personal challenge to get it into every essay. It rolls from the tongue in the most beautiful way. It sounds more intellectual than it is. I could say it all day.
I love what it represents too, the possibilities for weirdness. You can juxtapose reality with magic and get magical realism, science with antiquity to give you steampunk, paranormal and romance to give you… well, let’s not go there.
I’m not entirely sure where I’m going with this post again. I just had to use this word. And, let’s face it, the only other possiblity, for me, was Jacob. Admit it, the people who know me were expecting Jacob, weren’t you? See, so juxtaposition means you haven’t had to listen to me talk about my books again. Luckily, I couldn’t think of a Merlin reference beginning with J either. As you were…
Ahem. Juxtaposition is a great word and literary device 🙂
See, I have a one track mind. When I think merlin I’m really thinking Colin! 🙂
I used the word juxtaposition a lot in my school papers as well. It was an almost guaranteed automatic “A” for some of my teachers if you used that word correctly in a paper!
I know, it’s great. I’m going to teach it to my kids!
I also love that word. It’s a wonderful word!