There is one thing among many things about writing that I do not understand. Modern day writers insist that we focus on content, clarity, and brevity. My question is, must we focus so much on directing and shortening our sentences that we sacrifice cadence? Isn’t it sometimes necessary, as even Strunk and White have written, to use parallelism and to place emphatic words at the end? How can words that need to be placed at the end for emphasis be placed there without slightly lengthening the sentence? If one wishes to use highly rhythmical and poetic language, not the kind that uses a regular meter, but the flexible kind that constitutes what I would think the best prose, would it not sometimes be necessary to sacrifice brevity in favor of euphony?