One shade the more, one ray the less

The goal of the poet is to find all the right words, and the right number of words to convey the message such that an addition or deletion of a single word lessens the entire work. I won’t speak for novelists, but I would imagine if you could ask James Joyce, he would feel the same way with the possible exception that words could be expanded to include syllables and various mutterings.

And in music, consider the wonder expressed by the character Salieri in the play/film Amadeus: “And music, finished as no music is ever finished. Displace one note and there would be diminishment. Displace one phrase and the structure would fall.”

As humans we long for that perfection, which ultimately can only be found in God. Music and poetry in their best forms, lead us to God as almost nothing else can.

This is why beautiful liturgy matters. 

 

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