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    Question Which is more poetic?

    I'm referring to the face in a literary piece... Which word is more poetic?

    features

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    Lineaments

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    Default Re: Which is more poetic?

    I had to look up lineaments. It may be more poetic, but it may not be understood. On the other hand, it may not even be poetic.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Which is more poetic?

    I love lineaments, but it will inevitably always make me think of Blake's lineaments of gratified desire. It's certainly a more "literary" term but as Barb D says, it might be more obscure, especially if your audience is made up of people without a high standard of English. (And perhaps even if your audience is full of people *with* such a standard, it seems!).

    I think you can use lineaments in a scientific/geographical sense, but that doesn't mean it can't be poetic as well. Another word you could consider would be "contours".

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    Default Re: Which is more poetic?

    Quote Originally Posted by easybreakable View Post
    I'm referring to the face in a literary piece... Which word is more poetic?

    features

    or

    Lineaments
    Also, the fancier word is not necessarily more poetic. 'Face' might be the most appropriate choice.

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    I appreciate every thought here but still I didn't get the answer... Let's say it differently, which is more appropriate for native speaking:

    My face's features
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    My face's lineaments

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    Default Re: Which is more poetic?

    Quote Originally Posted by easybreakable View Post


    I appreciate every thought here but still I didn't get the answer... Let's say it differently, which is more appropriate for native speaking:

    My face's features
    or
    My face's lineaments
    The first. People know what "features" means.
    (If you ask a different question, you'll get a different answer. You probably should ask, "Which sounds the most natural?")

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    Default Re: Which is more poetic?

    You are right there, thank you very much.

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