Jessica Norrie in her weekly post, writes about the spaces between words.. in essence that pause when you are reading where you see all that is going on behind the sentence you have just read before you move on to the next part of the prose. Jessica uses music as an analogy with the pauses in a piece that bring dramatic effect or a moment of expectation.. #recommended
In my post last week on beautiful writing, I said I’d go on to talk about the spaces between words. Now I’m wondering if that was pretentious! However, spaces are the glue that holds words together and deserve attention. We wouldn’t know what cold felt like had we never been warm; we wouldn’t experience joy if we didn’t know sadness: for the contrast between words and spaces it’s likewise. I apologise if this post seems muddled – silence is hard to grasp. But here are some points to consider. (A pause for thought.)
fermata (a musical pause, over a note or a silence).
The English language is full of references to the spaces in language, and to the silence they offer among the usual blather. Think of expressions like: “between the lines” “behind the words”, “words left unspoken”, “the subtext”, “hidden meanings”, “understatement”, “less is more”, “silence is golden” and “the calm…
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