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Style: The art of writing well by F. L. Lucas

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CHAPTER 10: The Harmony of Prose

THE MUSIC OF PROSE is a difficult and even dangerous subject: [259] difficult, because it is intricate and obscure; dangerous, because the more delicate elements in literature can sometimes be damaged by too much critical dissection. Critics, I know, are often indignant at this suggestion – they are apt to feel that the words, and even the bread, are being taken out of their mouths. But it did not really need Freud to discover that our emotions can often be weakened by excessive introspection. The more they know about literature, the less some people – though, of course, by no means all – seem really to feel it. [260] There are some things in its enjoyment that need sharp wits and concentrated attention: ...

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