In the poem "People on the Bridge" written by Wislawa Szymborksa (Translated by Joanna Trzceiak) the phrase "Time stumbled and fell" is used. Is this an example of a juxtaposition used by the poet?

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    Juxtaposition of what?
    – Robusto
    Feb 25 '20 at 16:56
  • Metaphorical juxtapostion of Time as an abstract concept (the way we normally understand it), and Time "personified" (as in "Old Father Time", seen as an actual person, who could stop moving and/or lose "his" footing). But as @Robusto implies, we wouldn't normally label that device as "juxtaposition". It's just a "metaphor". Feb 25 '20 at 17:21
  • "Stumbled and fell" is a common juxtaposition used when describing, eg, how someone tripped over something. In "time stumbled and fell" it is used as a metaphor, but there's nothing remarkable about the "juxtaposition".
    – Hot Licks
    Feb 25 '20 at 17:32
  • I see your question was closed here. Feel free to re-ask it on Literature, where we take questions about poetry and the literary devices like juxtaposition used therein. There are a couple of Literature users who I'm sure could write a good answer for this question, more detailed than the one you received here. Apr 12 '20 at 13:27

Chambers online defines juxtaposition as

placing or being placed together.

Lexico goes a bit further and provides the definition

The fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect.

I don't see any of that in the sentence you give us. Perhaps you are searching for the word metaphor which is probably a fair description of the idea of time stumbling as if it were a legged animal rather than, well, something rather more abstract.

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