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imyourangel1 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 7, 2012 at 5:57 PM via web

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I need help explaining euphony and cacophony in the song Fly. I have to explain which words are euphonious and cacophonous and explain why they are used and how they reinforce meaning in the song.  I'm not having much luck understanding it on my own... Please help ASAP.  Thank You....

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 7, 2012 at 10:22 PM (Answer #2)

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The two words are antonyms.  The main difference between the terms is that euphony is a pleasant sounds and cacophony is an unpleasant sound.  If you are listening to music you like, it will be euphony.  If you don’t, you’d probably call it cacophony.


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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted October 8, 2012 at 2:14 AM (Answer #3)

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The definition of euphony is something that is pleasing to hear--when sounds or words create a harmonious combination. Cacophony, on the other hand creates a harsh or discordant sound. Frequently, poets will use words that create euphony or cacophony in order to create mood, tone, and etc. In this case, these words become sound devices of the poet.

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Michael Ugulini | (Level 1) Educator

Posted October 8, 2012 at 6:22 PM (Answer #4)

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Euphony is a sound or series of sounds that is pleasing to the ear and ignites positive feelings, thoughts, memories and such in the listener. Cacophony is a harsh, discordant, less pleasing and unpleasant sound; these sounds may ignite the opposite reactions.

However, like beauty, sounds are in the ear of the beholder. What is a pleasing sound to one may be less so to another. What is a terrible sound or series of sounds to one may be intriguing and satisfying to another. This is exemplified all the time in music - with the diverse tastes individuals have when it comes to songs. Some love the peaceful sounds of a Dvorak symphony; some love the raucous sounds of an energetic punk rock band.

The sounds of a crying baby may be euphony to one person. A baby's cries may grate on another and therefore be looked upon as cacophony.

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janetlong | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted October 9, 2012 at 10:13 PM (Answer #5)

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When we speak or sing or grunt or scream, the sounds we make evoke the feeling we are expressing. This goes beyond laa-laa-laa (euphony) and pow-crash-ouch (cacaphony)--but it is something you can pick out pretty well in a lyric like Fly:

"I came to win, to fight, to conquer, to thrive" is punchy, the "to" being used repetitively like percussion to accent the short, hard-sounding "fight," "conquer," and "thrive." (the "k" sound is found in lots of punchy words: kill, kick, crunch, crush, conquer, cacaphony,...)

"I wish today it will rain all day" is full of soft sounds, such as the "sh" in "wish," the "ll" in "will" and "all," and the "ay" in "today" and "rain" and "day." Notice how the words in this line feel longer to say--"wish" sticks around on your tongue a while, where "win" comes out in a quick little burst.

Cacaphony is used to express edgier feelings such as anger, anxiety, and restlessness. Euphony is used more to express wistfullness, happiness, and sadness.

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