Wednesday, February 19, 2014


I find it difficult to select one chapter in our text that I find more beneficial over another. Overall each reading seems to have its own importance in a distinct way.

Although, the first and third sections have ideas in which I enjoy using while I compose poetry.

In chapter one Starting Out: An Introduction the word Syntax is placed. Syntax is the makeup of the phrases, clauses, and sentences used in writing poems. I find value in this term mainly since it stems from Greek origin. Secondly, it is the power behind poetry. “Syntax is the poem’s muscle; flexing or relaxing those muscles lends the poem its strength and agility”. [9] A list of principles as reference for syntactical qualities of good writing can be found on page eight in our reading. I believe these rules are neat and will be useful to all types of writers. I find the fourth principle reasonable, but I enjoy its out-dated use. “4. Avoid antiquated and high poetic diction”. [8] Even though it sounds goofy to many viewers I treasure the usage of the old-tongue in poems of previous writers and in my own poetry.

In chapter three Making the Line another term, Elision, is located. Elision is the exclusion of an unstressed syllable when followed by another unstressed syllable. This style of writing was popular to eighteenth century poets…to be continued

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