I had every intention of writing a post about an issue that has surely been on all of our minds: the relation of ABBA to A-B-B-A structural style. That's right - finally someone with the courage to go there!
'It's about time' you say, and 'amen.'
Thing is, before I got around to doing that, something else came up. This something is very important!
Why Cats Paint: A Theory of Feline Aesthetics contains surprising and insightful commentary and criticism of feline painting techniques. You will be fascinated to learn that "Cats show a distinct preference for Van Gogh which is thought to be due to their being able to relate to the swirling fur-like nature of his brush strokes."
Bet you are also (until now) ignorant of the "localized low energy force fields" that stimulate the cats to paint!
Twelve artists are featured, including "Misty" whose paintings are valued "for their strong yet ambiguous imagery" and "incomprehensibility" which provokes rich and intriguing interpretation.
From Ruralists to Expressionists to artists who "choose" to paint while high on catnip, this decidedly high-brow (and yet still very accessible) art book covers the most important feline artists of our time.
Now, you are still wondering about ABBA. The name of the pop group is an acronym formed of the first names of its four members: (Agnetha, Benny, Björn, Anni-Frida). Anni-Frida was married to Benny,and Björn was married to Agnetha. ABBA. Not that the marriage has anything to do with the acronym. But CLEARLY they are demonstrating a preference towards chiasmus. (Oh, Stylistics class).
However, their song titles betray a deeply noncommittal structural element.
For example: "Knowing Me, Knowing You" - ABAB. "Mamma Mia" - AABA?
Just trust me. It is a major weakness in this band's otherwise highly respected career.
However, if you just take a minute to view the video for "Take a Chance on Me" you'll notice an interesting physical positioning of the four band members: