Music and Modern Literature Musical Form/Literary Form - Essay

Musical Form/Literary Form

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

Steven Paul Scher

SOURCE: "Notes Toward a Theory of Verbal Music," in Comparative Literature, Vol. XXII, No. 2, Spring, 1970, pp. 147-56.

[In the following essay, Scher uses a passage from Aldous Huxley's Pount Counter Point to illustrate his conception of verbal music, and he also describes the characteristic features of verbal music in prose.]

Aesthetic speculation about the interrelationship between literature and music has been regarded as a fascinating and elusive, if somewhat suspect, border area of literary criticism. In their influential Theory of Literature René Wellek and Austin Warren voiced particularly strong...

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