I was lucky to have "Doc Wood" as my English professor in the 1980's. I remember him reciting his favorite passages - his arms tensed and his eyes sparkling as he paced back and forth. At the end of a moving sentence, he would close his eyes and tilt his head up, then be silent for what seemed like too long to a college kid - but of course wasn't too long at all.
We students watched him fall into his favorite words, let those words flow through him. And when we were brave enough, we fell too. He taught us how to revel in language.
I count myself extremely lucky to have had Professor Wood as a teacher. He will be greatly missed.