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Emily,

 Are you thinking of "auditory imagination"?

What I call the "auditory imagination" is the feeling for syllable
and rhythm, penetrating far below the conscious levels of thought
and feeling, invigorating every word; sinking to the most primitive
and forgotten, returning to the origin and bringing something
back, seeking the beginning and the end. It works through meanings,
certainly, or not without meanings in the ordinary sense, and
fuses the old and obliterated and the trite, the current, and the
new and surprising, the most ancient and the most civilised
mentality .

T. S. Eliot, "Matthew Arnold," The Use of Poetry and the Use of Criticism

Ken A

Emily Merriman wrote:
> Does anyone know the source of a phrase attributed to Eliot: "auditory 
> inwardness"?
>
> Thank you in advance!
> Emily
>