A craving. In the sound studio of the imagination.

“A sentence is like a tune. A memorable sentence gives its emotion a melodic shape. You want to hear it again, say it—in a way, to hum it to yourself. You desire, if only in the sound studio of your imagination, to repeat the physical experience of that sentence. That craving, emotional and intellectual but beginning in the body with a certain gesture of sound, is near the heart of poetry.”



We teach musical phrases by equating them with sentences. I love this quote. It turns the idea upside-down. Two of my great loves all mixed up in each other.

Quote: Robert Pinsky via amandaonwriting

Image: Dimidium

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5 Responses to A craving. In the sound studio of the imagination.

  1. I love this quote too, but I’ve never heard of it before! You do sometimes read something so beautiful, you just have to read it many times over, because it really does something good for your mind, stirs the emotions in one direction or another. And music is so much the same. I’ve often felt that when writing poetry or stories it is a bit like composing music, especially at the editing stage, moving a word, adding a word, or taking one away, reading it out to check if it flows right.

    So thank you for sharing this quote, it really made my day!
    Suzy :)

  2. Yes! The book I’m currently reading has 10 bookmarks! Sentences I want to return to just to read an savour. Just like music :)
    Thanks, Suzy – glad to have connected with you!

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