Good writing is not only in the grammar; it’s also in the telling, in the rhythm of it. After all, literature began as song, then poem; it was the stuff that bards voiced. There’s even scientific evidence that reading silently lights up ‘parts of the brain associated with hearing’; it’s far more than meets the eye that constitutes good language. It needs to meet the ear as well. It’s not just poems that have the cadence required to qualify as good writing. The Declaration of Independence is written in iambic pentameter and hence it reads well.
“Understanding the rules of perspective enriches your understanding of Renaissance art; and understanding the role of sound helps you get at how a poem or piece of prose manages your aesthetic response.”
Read What makes Writing Good? It’s all in the Ear by Sam Leith.