Having lived in Italy for twenty years, Tobias Jones has come to realise that his literary style has been affected in more ways than he might have anticipated by his habitual use of Italian. Here he describes how this ‘linguistic exile’ has shaped his writing.
From our heartbeats to our breathing, to the feel of walking or running, we are programmed to respond to rhythm. No wonder we react so viscerally to the rhythm of words. Bill Kirton says rhythm is as important to prose as to poetry, as well as to songs of protest and football chanting. It may not be in our bones, but it’s a basic aspect of how we survive.