As in: “Over the past century or so, the Vermont landscape — like so much of New England — had gone through an environmental juxtaposition. Agriculture shaped and defined the landscape of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Today it is no longer the dominant land use, and others — especially the forest — have supplanted it.”
Harrison, B. & Judd, R. W. (Eds.). (2011). A Landscape history of New England. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, p. 130.
- For definitions of juxtaposition see the Oxford English Dictionary and the dictionaries in the Credo Reference Collection.
- If you search all the reference books in that Credo Reference Collection, you’ll come across a brief discussion of how juxtaposition can contribute to humor; see the article on Creativity and Humor in The Brain Book: An illustrated guide to its structure, function and disorders.
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