Friday, November 16, 2012

Juxtaposition

photo of fieldstone wall on a brick alleyway
©harrington
Growing up in New England, I saw a lot of stone walls and brick paved streets, rarely together. Stone walls were usually in rural locations, surrounding and delineating farm fields, houses and yards. They also served  poets such as Robert Frost as bridges to good neighborliness. Brick paving was most often found in somewhat less traveled roads in areas like Beacon Hill and under the asphalt overlay of more heavily thoroughfares. Finding something like the stone walls and brick paving juxtaposed the way they are in the photo above is one of the treats discoverable by exploring the byways of My Minnesota. That's how I discovered several of Minnesota's more notable writers and poets  who specialize in describing the juxtaposition of natural and man-made beauty found in rural places.