There is a saying, “as civilization advances poetry declines”. This is probably due to people getting too busy so that they do not have time for imagination, embellishment and creativity. It is also likely that this thought has invaded literature in recent times.Thus we do not have flowery language in richness and depth as we had in the earlier centuries. In good old days language echoed music and while reading one could feel it intensely.
We have a few examples of this treasure of musical language. Swami Vivekananda, Sir Winston Churchill, Dr.Arthur Bryant, Napleon were some of the great personalities who provided music in language. Readers enjoy reading their works and the musical touch in them. These are given below.
“If the Indian Ocean were an ink stand, the highest mountain of the Himalayas the pen, the earth the scroll, and time itself the writer, still it will not express any gratitude to you”.
(Extract from a letter the Swami wrote to the Raja of Khetri)
“In him I have lost a friend true as steel, a disciple of never failing devotion, a worker who knew not what tiring was, and the world is less rich by one of those who are born, as it were, to live only for others”.
(Tribute to a close friend on his demise)
“Never in the history of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few””
This tribute was paid to the Royal Air force by Churchill when the battle of Britain was won.
“”Humanity rather than legality must be our guide”
Sir Winston Churchill
“We will refuse to be bluffed, bullied and bulldozed out of Berlin”.
Sir Winston Churchill
“The cure for the communist menace consists in the creation of a society in which such perilous deception of the unthinking masses is no longer possible”.
“The whole system of administration is suffering from elephantiasis”.
“The automobile is the most lethal weapon during peace time Britain”
Dr. Arthur Bryant
“Able was I ere I saw Elba”.
This short beautiful comment of Napoleon Bonaparte was made after his return from exile to the Island of Elba. It has a unique and interesting feature. Reading it from right to left also gives the same words and meaning.
There are some others also whose language is musical e.g. Edmund Burke, Thomas Babington Macaulay. We miss them very much. Their powerful musical style touched our hearts and purified the mind, lifting us to a different plane of existence, though for a short while. The world always remembers them.