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Some people think Bohemian Rhapsody is one of the greatest rock songs of all time.
  music:  an instrumental composition in one movement — typically expressing strong emotion
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  • Some people think Bohemian Rhapsody is one of the greatest rock songs of all time.
  • My favorite rhapsody, is Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.
  • Who is the composer of Rhapsody in Blue?
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Out of My Mind
  • Concertos are these tapestries, and all the other bolts of cloth are serenades, waltzes, overtures, and rhapsodies.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth

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  • The wind rushing through my father’s deviated septum had become a wild jungle rhapsody—monkey cries, parrot yawps, pachydermous trumpetings.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The rhapsody welled up within me, like blood from an inward wound, and gushed out.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • It is enough to say, without applying this poetical rhapsody to Aouda, that she was a charming woman, in all the European acceptation of the phrase.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • The words of one of these rhapsodies I have easily remembered.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • The Russian military historians in so far as they submit to claims of logic must admit that conclusion, and in spite of their lyrical rhapsodies about valor, devotion, and so forth, must reluctantly admit that the French retreat from Moscow was a series of victories for Napoleon and defeats for Kutuzov.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • V MY DEAR WORMWOOD, It is a little bit disappointing to expect a detailed report on your work and to receive instead such a vague rhapsody as your last letter.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters

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  • Rhapsodies about damn all.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • A rhapsody pressed out from a sultry furnace somewhere inside — a cacophony of crippled cries.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • I affirm that he shared the general beatitude, and that, quite the reverse of La Fontaine, who, at the presentation of his comedy of the "Florentine," asked, "Who is the ill-bred lout who made that rhapsody?"
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Even her soul, so strong for rhapsody, was not enough.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • I mean the synopsis at the head of each chapter, explaining away the real nature of that rhapsody.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • So far, it ran to minute descriptions of the lush furnishings of Sherry’s house, rhapsodies over Sherry’s exquisite clothes, and course-by-course accounts of fabulous meals consumed by the heroine.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Osborne broke out into a rhapsody of self-praise and imprecations;—by the first, excusing himself to his own conscience for his conduct; by the second, exaggerating the undutifulness of George.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • "Are you trying to read yourself into a rhapsody with—let’s see the book."
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • —But I am afraid I tire you with my rhapsody.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • The words that are left to us are not without interest, and, cleared of evident dross, they conceal much of real poetry and meaning beneath conventional theology and unmeaning rhapsody.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Such an act That blurs the grace and blush of modesty; Calls virtue hypocrite; takes off the rose From the fair forehead of an innocent love, And sets a blister there; makes marriage-vows As false as dicers’ oaths: O, such a deed As from the body of contraction plucks The very soul, and sweet religion makes A rhapsody of words: heaven’s face doth glow; Yea, this solidity and compound mass, With tristful visage, as against the doom, Is thought-sick at the act.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • The arena of the king was built, not to give the people an opportunity of hearing the rhapsodies of dying gladiators, nor to enable them to view the inevitable conclusion of a conflict between religious opinions and hungry jaws, but for purposes far better adapted to widen and develop the mental energies of the people.
    Frank R. Stockton  --  The Lady, or the Tiger?
  • And probably the half-unconscious rhapsody was a Fetishistic utterance in a Monotheistic setting; women whose chief companions are the forms and forces of outdoor Nature retain in their souls far more of the Pagan fantasy of their remote forefathers than of the systematized religion taught their race at later date.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • After uttering this rhapsody, the old gentleman snapped his fingers twenty or thirty times, and then subsided into an ecstatic contemplation of Miss La Creevy’s charms.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • …to be inevitable, as if he impressed upon them his own child-like resentment of interruption, yet even in the moment of discovery was not to be routed utterly, but was determined to hold fast to something of this delicious emotion, this impure rhapsody of which he was ashamed, but in which he revelled—he turned abruptly, slammed his private door on them; and, Lily Briscoe and Mr. Bankes, looking uneasily up into the sky, observed that the flock of starlings which Jasper had routed with…
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • …when, as if she had been willing to forget the story she had told me of herself, or to suppose that I had forgot some of the particulars, she began to tell them with alterations and omissions; but I refreshed her memory and set her to rights in many things which I supposed she had forgot, and then came in so opportunely with the whole history, that it was impossible for her to go from it; and then she fell into her rhapsodies again, and exclamations at the severity of her misfortunes.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Moll Flanders
  • The play had been in print for four years; and I have spared no pains to make known that my plays are built to induce, not voluptuous reverie but intellectual interest, not romantic rhapsody but humane concern.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Mrs. Warren’s Profession
  • The royal governor of Patusan had bizarre mannerisms, and one of them was to introduce boastful rhapsodies into every arduous discussion, when, getting gradually excited, he would end by flying off his perch with a kriss in his hand.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • Learn all the words to ’Bohemian Rhapsody.’
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • If only we could plunk her down in the loft in a bucket of cold water! Everyone in the Annex except Mr. van Daan and Peter has read the Hunaarian Rhapsody trilogy, a biography of the composer, piano virtuoso and child prodigy Franz Liszt.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • He was with Gershwin when he wrote "Rhapsody in Blue" in Asheville, North Carolina.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • Next comes Ernest Bloch’s Rhapsody for Cello, which begins as a slow, poetic lament.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • Only today, it wasn’t blaring "Bohemian Rhapsody."
    Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl  --  Beautiful Creatures
  • The problem was no longer technical, even though this was the most technically difficult operation anyone could perform, the equivalent of a pianist playing Rachmaninoff ’s "Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini," except that one dare not miss a note or fluff a phrase.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Outside the Papal Palace, she spoke nearly without pause, the names of all the saints and popes and cardinals spilling from her as we strolled through the cathedral square amid the flocks of doves, the tourists, the African merchants in bright tunics selling bracelets and imitation watches, the young, bespectacled musician, sitting on an apple crate, playing "Bohemian Rhapsody— on his acoustic guitar.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Consider the first four notes of "Rhapsody in Blue.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • "The cello represents a meditative voice, tragically alone," Bloch wrote of the rhapsody Nathaniel was just playing.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • The notes of Rhapsody sit on the staff as they did ninety years ago, precisely where Bloch left them.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • Liszt’s rhapsodies.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Like those rhapsodies of Liszt’s, Hungarian, gipsyeyed.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Just as she reached the landing she heard Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody on the phonograph, Marian Anderson’s flowering dark exultancy, triumph wrested from eons of despair.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • XXVIII MY DEAR WORMWOOD, When I told you not to fill your letters with rubbish about the war, I meant, of course, that I did not want to have your rather infantile rhapsodies about the death of men and the destruction of cities.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • Surely, she could imitate from recollection the glow, the rhapsody, the self-surrender, she had seen on so many women’s faces (on Mrs. Ramsay’s, for instance) when on some occasion like this they blazed up—she could remember the look on Mrs. Ramsay’s face—into a rapture of sympathy, of delight in the reward they had, which, though the reason of it escaped her, evidently conferred on them the most supreme bliss of which human nature was capable.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • We may still have from time to time, under the reign of printing, a column made I suppose, by a whole army from melted cannon, as we had under the reign of architecture, Iliads and Romanceros, Mahabâhrata, and Nibelungen Lieds, made by a whole people, with rhapsodies piled up and melted together.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
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