Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Wave in the Mind: March 16, 2016

March 16, 1926 
Style is a very simple matter; it is all rhythm.  Once you get that, you can’t use the wrong words.  But on the other hand here I am sitting after half the morning, crammed with ideas, and visions, and so on, and can’t dislodge them, for lack of the right rhythm.  Now this  is very profound, what rhythm is, and goes far deeper than words.  A sight, an emotion, creates a wave in the mind, long before it makes words to fit it; and in writing (such is my preent belief) one hasto recapture this, and set the working (which has apparently nothing to do with words) and then, as it breaks and tumbles in the mind, it makes words to fit it: But no doubt I shall feel differently next year.

(L3 247)

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