The sound of the language is where it all begins

It’s Monday, it’s the beginning of a new week in pursuit of the gorgeous sound of language. I’ll be starting my day by reading a few pages in Ursula K. Le Guin’s excellent book Steering the Craft

This is how it starts:

The sound of the language is where it all begins. The test of a sentence is, Does it sound right? The basic elements of language are physical: the noise words make, the sounds and silences that make the rhythms marking their relationships. Both the meaning and the beauty of the writing depend on these sounds and rhythms. This is just as true of prose as it is of poetry, though the sound effects of prose are usually subtle and always irregular.

You can read the full first chapter here 

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Stefanie says:

    What a great way to start the day!

  2. Oh, I’ve had this book on my to-read list for months now. I must get to it! 🙂

    1. Sigrun says:

      It’s very instructive – like written for students. Maybe you can use it in your teaching.

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