Welcome to a new feature on Sweetly Snobbish–the site where I’m always right, but at least I’m nice!
This new feature was actually given to me by my english professor and fellow poet Gerald Hill. Kind of. In his class, we had language moments, where we pointed out interesting turns of phrase. Now, it’s going on my blog.
This week’s language moment comes from the Anberlin song, “Reclusion“.
There are a lot of really neat language moments in this song, so I’m just going to pick my three favourites.
“They don’t know they’re dead to me cuz/intent never makes a sound”
I love “intent never makes a sound”. I think it’s a unique turn of phrase. Right off the bat, this line establishes the loneliness and isolation of the speaker, as well as their inner darkness.
“There’s a lot of seclusion/production in depression/if a stranger turns up missing/this song is my confession”
Wow. That stuff I already said? Turn that up to 11 in these lines. In this like, the fact that the speaker kills people is very, very clear. It also speaks to mental instability. Maybe I’m just biased, though, because of the “production in depression” line. Depressed people gotta stick together.
My absolute FAVOURITE language moment, though?
“My mask is growing heavy/but I’ve forgotten whose beneath”
I just adore this. I find this turn of phrase so powerful. I love the simplicity in the statement and yet the power in it. It really points to true instability in the speaker, and adds an element of tragedy to the song.
This has been the first edition of “language moments”. Like? Don’t like? Tell me below!