I often try to heighten the sound of my words in all things that I write, whether in letters, or in stories, or in poems, (which naturally in sound are elevated by means of meter), but am often told by others looking at the things written that my words are superfluous and incoherent. Yet it nonetheless remains that I desire to write in this elevated tone, (that is, not the tone of my present words, for against the tone in which I desire to write, it is basest of all). However, some you have told me before that only authors gifted from birth are able to write in such lofty forms, and that not in a mechanical way, but in a way that is automatic, not needing to weigh the sounds of their syllables against one another in a mechanical fashion, or to prearrange the sounds thereof, but having innate power to set down words inherently risen in sound. But I doubt that such ability came to these writers without practice. And so I have two questions for you: At what times is it appropriate to write in a lofty tone, and at what times is it not? And how can I work on keeping my thoughts clear in all my words, while elevating their sound to the highest poetic level?