soliloquy for the Unnamed

Ah! Language! I love to play with words and sounds. Have you ever read those lines from a poem where you have to say “yum!” aloud or clap joyfully to yourself?

In literature, this is called euphony. And whenever I create one of my poems, I am highly cognizant of the ear and mouth feel it creates.

One of the best examples is from the Bard himself, William Shakespeare, in Sonnet 18

So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see, / So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

Soft consonants, rhyme, meter… all there to create euphony. Like licking an ice cream cone clean on a warm summer day. YUM!

What the words say create a feeling, but also how they are expressed in the writer’s word choices, enhances those feelings. It’s really a spiritual phenomena, and some of the magic in good poetry.

I read a lot of Shakespeare and treasure his sublime soliloquies. This week’s poem plays with the notion of a soliloquy, albeit something perhaps more mysterious and elusive. See if you notice the use of euphony, too!

This is a complicated poem. Open to a lot of interpretations beyond why I wrote it. And, honestly, who cares what I meant by it? – because the only thing that truly matters to me is the reader’s unique experience with the art.

Love to hear your thoughts & interpretations. Please share them in the Comments Section.

8 comments

  1. Dark musical quality to this poem of punishment for evil wrongdoings; “portentous Fates lay waste to mortal claims”; the last stanza is “YUM”

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