To Me the Words Are Nice the Way They Sound
I’ve always been attracted to the sound of words. The authors I love best do more than just communicate with accuracy (although that’s an under appreciated accomplishment itself). I read with my ear as much as my eye. The great writers master not just the meaning of words, but the cadences, textures, and flavors of words. I always read Shakespeare aloud because it’s as much a pleasure to hear it as to comprehend it. The two, in fact, go hand in hand.
It’s hard to put your finger on this aural aspect of language. Some phrases work for us almost magically.
I just love the way he puts that.
I need to read that part again.
Don’t you just love the way that sounds?
I’ve talked before about the beauty of words, but sometimes making musical prose is as much about the arrangement of words as it is the choice of words. We students of writing must work to continually develop the instinct that tells us which words to pick and where to put them.
What phrases have you heard, read or written recently that struck you as particularly eloquent or beautiful? Please share them in the comments below.