I was re-reading Churchill this summer a lot. For the first time, I began thinking of some of his great passages as arias or poems. For example, try this, with the words the same, but in the typography of a poem:
We shall fight in France,
we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence
and growing strength in the air.
We shall defend our island,
whatever the cost may be.
We shall fight on the beaches,
we shall fight on the landing grounds,
we shall fight in the fields and in the streets,
we shall fight in the hills.
We shall never surrender.
Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008.