What is euphony? How is this different from cacophony?

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Mar 23, 2017

Euphony and cacophony both refer to a musical or rhythmic nuance applied to prose or poetry. They are opposites in their effect; euphony smooth and harmonious while cacophony is abrupt and jarring.


A silent breeze undulated the field of azure flax blooms imitating a rolling sea under the bright shine of the sun.

This is an example of euphony where the prose is written to inspire a calming effect on the reader.

We march, we drum, we thunder on; many more miles before we rest.

This is an example of cacophony in prose where the effect on the reader is more striking and upbeat.