how musicality supports clarity of thought
With great homage to Shakespeare, the master word inventor, I have imagined a completely made-up word that summarizes the single concept I am pursuing by reading the canon aloud. I call it musiclarity. Prosody is probably the closest approximation here, but it means little to most people and it almost certainly meant little or nothing to Shakespeare. ‘Prosody’ as defined and used, typically encompasses all the elements of musicality in poetry – meter, rhythm, rhyming, assonance/consonance, and other aural thrills. [Etymology: mid-15c., from Latin prosodia, and from Greek prosoidia “song sung to music,” also “accent, modulation,” from pros “to” + oide “song, poem.”] The word ‘prosody’ doesn’t appear in any of his plays.
Musiclarity is supporting the clarity of the thought with the musicality of the language. It can be made manifest in a word, in a phoneme, or in a speech, in other words, the concept has value on both micro and macro scales. I employ this new term in service of honing in on how the verse (or prose) is supporting clarity of thought. Musiclarity can define the style and character of a poem and expand its wonder in performance. Look for examples in my blog entries that follow each and every scene.
Below is an article in Brandeis University’s State of the Arts magazine about Musiclarity and Comedy of Errors.