When I consider the art of writing letters, both letters written in ancient times, and letters written today, three styles of writing come to mind. Upon reading various letters, I have found one of these three styles infused in each of these. I will call these styles: Friendly, Romantic, and Spiritual. On the first level, there are letters often exchanged by mail or email, which carry the plainest of tones employed for communication between two friends. On the second level, there are letters often exchanged in the same manner, which carry a much more poetic tone, employed for communication between two people who are romantically involved, in describing the beauty or qualities of the other person, or in expressing affection. And finally, on the third and highest level, there are letters which were written by ancient writers, particularly those found in the Holy Bible, which carry a heightened tone conveying great spiritual power, employed by the apostles to make known the glory and power of God. My question is, (and I refer to writings mostly written in the time when men and women wrote best, and were most expressive, in all three voices, ), what are the distinguishing characteristics and linguistic devices present in letters of each of these three voices? And how can they be applied today?