C is for Catachresis (#AtoZ 2023)

Catachresis is a figure of speech in which writers use mixed metaphors in an inappropriate way to creat rhetorical effect.


This challenge is proving to be not just harder than expected but also educational! I’ve never heard of catachresis before although I’ve certainly encountered it while reading literary works and poetry. I’m guessing I’ve also used the device myself before although I don’t remember a specific instance. Shall we give it a try?

A Life Imagined

Mind clouded by long views
Of future yesterdays,
Of sights yet seen,
Of undreamt dreams,
Of lost loves never loved,
Of suns falling over the horizon,
And a life imagined.

Once again I’m not certain I’ve executed this very well. Certainly I’ve fallen short of the Shakespearean examples given when I looked up the definition. I found this very, very difficult. The idea of mixing metaphors and still making some sense still befuddles me.

“C” in Zapfino Typeface
Zapfino “C” Found Pattern

Well today was another challenge! Onward to D is for D…

Be well,


  1. That word you used sounds like a Disease. 😆
    Good poem, though

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    1. Monty Vern says:

      It does doesn’t it?!


  2. KaiViola says:

    What a cool word, and idea, and I love the poem too!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Monty Vern says:

      Aww. Thanks so much!


  3. Arlee Bird says:

    That’s a new word for me, but it sounds like something I’ve done every now and then. I don’t know if your poem nailed it or not, but I liked it.


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    1. Monty Vern says:

      Haha. Thanks!


  4. murisopsis says:

    Nice poem using a tough literary device!!

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