Today’s word is cacophony – a harsh, discordant array of sounds. Dissonance. From the Greek ‘kako’, meaning bad or evil, and ‘phone’, meaning voice. Therefore ‘babel’, as in a Babel of voices. The implication is, of course, a lack of understanding – not just noise, but an implied danger in voices raised all at once.
Such a chaos of dissonance, can, however, be a meaningful poetic device –
– from ‘To Brooklyn Bridge’, Hart Crane, 1930