Mixed Metaphors

The problem with mixed metaphors is not

primarily that two or more diff’rent

comparisons are being mixed, but that

the two comparisons are expected,

and so, dead. The power inherent in

a metaphor is this: the surprise found

when a song takes up its mat and walks out

of the house and makes its bed in your heart.

A mixed metaphor is better than one

that is dead – at least the surprise shocks you

out of expectancy and into thought:

the very thing that which is dead could not.

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