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Apr 9 2013

Grammar Hammer: Poetic Justice

April is National Poetry Month, so I thought I would take a break from my regularly scheduled grammatical opinions to take a look at grammar rules within poetry.

Grammar rules are often bent in creative writing. Creative writing can be less formal. Use sentence fragments. Stream of consciousness thoughts. Trying to communicate your message. Example:

Poetry, by Catherine Spicer, Grammar Hammer

a medium that strains

my meager brains

and is not my forte.

My opinion of poetry is very similar to my opinion of music. I am a great appreciator of music. I love all kinds of music. When I’m not solving grammatical crises for clients and working on the editorial desk at PR Newswire, I’m usually playing the flute. The ensemble I play in will often tackle very contemporary pieces of music. I was trained on Bach and Mozart, so I’ve had to do a lot of listening to contemporary music to try to understand it. Music of the Renaissance had really specific structure – themes and phrases that were very methodical. It’s instantly pleasing to the ear. Contemporary music for the flute has a lot more to do with sound effects you can produce with the flute and extended techniques. It’s not always easy to hear (or play). But, I can really appreciate it. I feel the same way about poetry.

Read the full post by PR Newswire customer content services manager Cathy Spicer on Beyond PR.

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