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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Rhythm upset at a single point yields

"A period that, constructed metrically, afterward has its rhythm upset at a single point yields the finest prose sentence imaginable. In this way a ray of light falls through a chink in the wall of the alchemist's cell, to light up gleaming crystals, spheres, and triangles." 
 
- Walter Benjamin, "One-Way Street" (1928), in Reflections (1978, p79).