Can someone explain what this means:
Lamp posts and trees reared up at him, splintering his shins
Source: The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson.
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Lamp posts and trees do not literally 'rear up.' They are rather fixed.
But someone running, possibly in great fright, might experience coming upon lamp posts and trees in a way that they SEEMED to be jumping up to attack.
This is a poem, after all, and poetic imagery is appropriate. The emotional stress of encountering these obstacles is being communicated.