Making Sense of Sentences

“One day the Nouns were clustered in the street.
An Adjective walked by, with her dark beauty.
The Nouns were struck, moved, changed.
The next day a Verb drove up, and created the Sentence.” Kenneth Koch, “Permanently”

  • “If you know sentences, you know everything. good sentences promise nothing less than lessons and practice in the organisation of the world” : Stanley Fish
  • “And the words slide into the slots ordained by syntax, and glitter as with atmospheric dust with those impurities which we call meaning.” Anthony Burgess in his novel Enderby Outside (1968)

The above all taken from the wonderful “HOW TO WRITE A SENTENCE AND HOW TO READ ONE” Stanley Fish Harper 2011

Blogs/lists of sentences for amusement/enjoyment/inspiration:

A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.  William Strunk, Jr.



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