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What are some other beautiful literary phrases, such as "Cellar Door"?

Asked by MrsDufresne (3547points) December 13th, 2010

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Blueroses's avatar

I love the words bedchamber, lullaby and exactly

Winters's avatar

Ephemeral love

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Kardamom's avatar

“I went in; Earnshaw was there also, but he quitted the room directly.” This is from Wuthering Heights. I love that they used to use the term “quit” for leave.

It gave me a better meaning of the line “I wish I knew how to quit you” said by Jack Twist to Ennis Del Mar in the movie Brokeback Mountain.

mammal's avatar

@Kardamom quitter to leave, to part.

sickle-cell anaemia

ratboy's avatar

“darkling plain”

ucme's avatar

Chambermaid, malice aforethought & gay abandon. I literally feel those are germane to the issue :¬)

rooeytoo's avatar

“Cheeky” it can be applied to a grin, a nippy dog, a mischievious kid, recalcitrant cows, it is a multipurpose word and I love the way it rolls off my tongue.

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FireMadeFlesh's avatar

I have always loved the words “Bentley Arnage”. It isn’t my favourite car, but the name is a classic in my mind.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

cemetery – the word has always sounded to me like the scrape of a shovel against gravel
living room – when it’s used for living, anyway
breakfast – may not be a pretty sound, but what it means more than makes up for that
luncheon – for those who miss breakfast, and it sounds so much more refined than ‘lunch’
supper – it sounds ‘poorer’ than “dinner”, but it seems, if not “heartier” (which it probably isn’t), more honest and plain – and necessary

Trillian's avatar

I like salon with the emphasis on the first syllable.
Retired to her apartments
Lowerig skies
Shimmering samite
Boundless vistas

SundayKittens's avatar

@CyanoticWasp I hear the same thing with “cemetery”.But with trees rustling.

absalom's avatar

Hood of bone, which comes from this poem.

And less literary is sibilant sounds, which is itself a sibilant sound.

gailcalled's avatar

Henry James told Edith Wharton, it is alleged, that the most beautiful words in English are “summer afternoon.”

I find the entire poem, Jersulam brings me to my knees, particularly when sung. This version has a particularly charming visual.

For example;

“Bring me my bow of burning gold:
Bring me my arrows of desire:
Bring me my spear: O clouds unfold!
Bring me my chariot of fire.”

Winters's avatar

stellar whore =D

flutherother's avatar

Milk of human kindness.

Sweetpea's avatar

I love Jane Austin, not only for what she says, but how she says it:

“Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.”
“An artist cannot do anything slovenly.”
“I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.”
“I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice, though not in principle.”
“I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible.”
“It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage.”
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
“Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.”
“Nobody minds having what is too good for them. ”

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