Echoes Of Sounds And Souls. Sound Is One Of The Most Intriguing

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Echoes of Sounds and Souls Sound is one of the most intriguing elements of language. It is fundamental to all spoken languages yet does not explicitly lend itself to its written counterparts. For many of us we hear the sounds in our heads whilst reading. Nevertheless it could certainly be argued that the mere letters on the page themselves contain the entirety of the meaning; the sounds associated with them being of secondary importance. This argument holds some element of truth as it is entirely possible to learn a language only in the written context and have no capacity to speak it or understand others who do so. Perhaps there is no real deeper meaning that would even be lost in dealing with prose in this manner. Poetry, however, is a…show more content…
Typically, splendor refers to some sort of magnificent appearance that can be attributed to an object, but it doesn’t strictly make sense for that to be falling upon it; however, splendor originally comes from the Latin word splendere which has to do with light and literally translates to the infinitive phrase “to shine”. So it seems much more likely for the splendor in this context to be some sort of magnificent and majestic light cascading unto the castle. If you take the line slowly and feel where each sound is enunciated in your mouth you get an impression as though you are the light skipping to and fro as you descend from the sky. The “sple” sound in splendor is enunciated towards the back of the mouth while the “w” in walls is at the very end of the lips. With that in mind, the line “The splendor falls on castle walls” (1) becomes an iconicity as the sensation of creating the sounds is reminiscent of the thing itself. This effect holds true for all of the lines establishing the setting in the first stanza. You feel like a hiker ascending to the top of the mountain as you speak the words “snowy summits old in story;” (2) and work your way to the back of the mouth again. And the internal rhyme within “The long light shakes across the lakes,” (3) helps to establish the calm and serene nature of the lake. Its surface still and unmoving in the crisp air as the internal rhyme forces your mouth to stay in that same area of the mouth. The next line is more
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