Here is an example from https://domywriting.com/blog/analytical-essay/ "Sonnet 116": "Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeksWithin his bending sickle's compass come:Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,But bears it out even to the edge of doom."Shakespeare is a bit more subtle than the unknown author above. Here, Shakespeare is saying love is eternal, yet beauty dies. The image of youth is juxtaposed here against the image of the grim reaper. In the next couplet he says that love won't fade, but, again, is eternal. However, he chooses once more to use a dark image, "the edge of doom" to lend power to the love he is writing about. The entire stanza personifies time and pits love against it.
Juxtaposition in Poetry
March 1, 2020
Here is a poem from an unknown author that really gets to the heart of juxtaposition."I thoroughly hate loving you.Your heart is a perfectly-carved stone; Set deep into your chest, soft as granite.I grip you gently with angels' claws; Icy breath scorching your warm, shivering skin.Your hard topaz eyes shimmer liquidly; Evaporating my soul with their numbing heat.
March 2, 2020
Together we fall upwards, drowning in the very air that whistles past our entwined, separate bodies.Your moist lips deliver a dry kiss upon mine; I can live neither with nor without you, my sweet oxymoron.You and I; A perfect juxtaposition."Every line has at least one glaring contrast crafted into this love poem. Notice how the use of opposites juxtaposed brings you into the writer's angst. The juxtaposition here also creates vivid, evocative, imagery. Juxtaposition is one of the writer's most compelling tools, as is clearly seen in this poem.