“Mellifluent Instances” of Language


“Cellar door” isn’t the only euphonious phrase in the English language.

For Printers Rowthe Chicago Tribune‘s literary journal, Michael Robbins catalogs some of the “perfectly strung-together words” that have the power to “delight the ear.”

And though he starts with a passage from William Gaddis’s The Recognitions, it’s not just books he’s talking about. He describes himself as “beguiled by the sounds of words since I first heard an eight-track cassette of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band as a child—’Mr. H will demonstrate ten somersets he’ll undertake on solid ground…'”

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →