Words of Wonder

August 26, 2016 | 1

Over at Aeon, Jenny Davidson explores what makes a great sentence. As she puts it, “A great sentence makes you want to chew it over slowly in your mouth the first time you read it. A great sentence compels you to rehearse it again in your mind’s ear, and then again later on.” Pair with our own Michael Bourne’s essay on sentence structure for creative writers.

is an intern for The Millions. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in BOMB, Ploughshares online, Music & Literature, Words Without Borders, and elsewhere. She is currently the assistant fiction editor for Washington Square Review. She tweets at @bdantaslobato.

One comment:

  1. “A great sentence makes you want to chew it over slowly in your mouth the first time you read it.”

    I’ve invented a word for sentences like this: afoerisms. I.e, sentences that are crafted to seem unique and profound and pretty but are in fact utterly, desperately meaningless.

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