When Shakespeare commits lexical excess (by coining new words, by larding simple thought with plump dense sounds and metaphors, by hyper-enlivening every sentiment with figurative language), English becomes a body punctured by his violent actions. Example: ‘the murmuring surge / That th’unumb’red idle pebbles chafes / Cannot be heard so high.’ ‘Murmuring’ and ‘surge; and ‘unnumb’red’ present to the ear a glut of u and m and r sounds. And ‘idle’ and ‘pebble’, next to each other, create a pebble effect. With purple ripeness, low-pitched vowels (murmuring surge) ascend to high-pitched vowels (high). This apex of virtuosity - language creaming, ascending, and thickening.
—Wayne Koestenbaum from Humiliation