the image

The image is a pure creation of the mind. It is born not from a comparison but from a juxtaposition of two more or less distant realities.

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The further apart and truer the relationship between two juxtaposed realities, the more powerful the image will be, the greater its emotional power and poetic reality.

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Two realities that have no relationship cannot be juxtaposed profitably. No image will be created. Nor will there be if two identical realities are compared.

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Two unrelated realities do not come together. They oppose one another, occasionally resulting in a brief surprise that can be seductive, though not a formed image.

One rarely obtains any power from such an opposition.

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An image is not powerful because it is violent or fantastic, but because the association of ideas is distant and true.

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The obtained result immediately verifies the correctness of the association.

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Analogy is one of the means of creation, it is an existence of relationships; yet the strength or weakness of the created image depends upon the nature of these relationships.

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It is not a question of creating an image, but that an image arrives on its own wings.

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If you over-establish an image, you will erect a massive pedestal instead of a svelte statue.