About adjectives: all fine prose is based on the verbs carrying the sentences. They make sentences move. Probably the finest technical poem in English is. 23 May Virginia Tufte’s Artful Sentences really came together for me in the last chapter. I imagine the book has a little something for everyone—the. All rights reserved. For permission to reuse, please contact [email protected] Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style. Virginia Tufte. Cheshire.

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I read this as more of an archeology of sentences, a thoughtful going over of syntax as flexible structure more cartilage than bone.

Vocabulary acquisition is only one of the benefits this book offers students. Elegant explanations of current thinking on matters senetnces syntax, combined with numerous examples that demonstrate the differences between valid stylistic choices provide the reader, whether relatively new to grammatical thinking or confidently knowledgeable, with a tool to help understand and critique the way authors choose their words. Virginia Tufte and Barbara Meyerhoff, eds.

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Notify me of new posts by email. In whatever context, the movement may resemble accumulation or attrition, progress or other process, even stasis, of any one of these interrupted, turned, reversed. Tufte takes a different approach, one of description. Listen to the sound of my own voice. She was born in Nebraska, and was married in Omaha in to Edward E. Return to Book Page. Tufte breaks the sentences down quite well I sneaked a peek, now and the This is arttul book for writers, and those setnences have to read and grade papers.

A wonderful survey of different types of sentences by studying actual sentences by professional writers in sentfnces wild, across a variety of genres, and with both modern and classic samples.


For me, i’m thinking about grammar in the context of what makes comprehension difficult, so this is a great fit. For my purposes, it’s nice, but I like better the why that comes along with knowing the parts of speech.

The more I read of this chapter, the more I wanted to get back onto my computer and see what I could do. A writer will learn by reading this book, whether she reads Virginia Tufte’s parsing or not. A school book that definitely felt its length. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Moreover, her range and variety of contributors is a parallel to her range and variety of sentence types and constructions. As far as style guides go, this is one of my favorites.

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Virginia Tufte is like an industrious scientist of English syntax. There are a great many books out there that do this already. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In this regard, if you are going artfu read that section in Grammar as Style and miss her point, then yeah, this book will be better.

And in looking at hundreds even approaching thousands of types of sentences, she frees students from feeling bound to particular constructions, offering them freedom and autonomy. The sentence is handled as deftly as the complex character that it is. One of my favorite go-to books about writing.

This is a reference book, so I admit I didn’t read it cover to cover. May 21, Mimi Bear rated it it was ok. Jan 15, Jeremiah added it. The Politics of Marriage in the Stuart Epithalamium. Fun book for writers and for any English language nerds out there. Syntax as Style, generally artfuo as the best study of sentence style.

This page was last edited on 23 Septemberat Changing Images of the Family. For me it was a little like reading something in French, I understood the words, but the meaning was occasionally elusive and required me to go back and look at what sh I read this book a few pages at a time over a couple of months. It is easy to visualize an overburdened writing teacher efficiently, firmly, perhaps even angrily, stamping with red ink the margins in stacks of student compositions: I like the samples of use with excellent references in literature, but as a read?


Jan 05, Abby rated it it was amazing Shelves: I can see why students might be a little resistant to her. Her descriptions are clear and well organized, her own sentences often competing with her examples in artfulness. I read this book a few pages at a time over a couple of months. Abrams ; Geoffrey Galt Harpham That it might slow me back to a crawl as I got bogged down in the opacity of my own prose.

Lists with This Book. And I plan on returning to it again and again. Aug 04, Steve Goodyear rated it liked it.

Velde rated it it was amazing. Feb 05, flannery rated it it was amazing Shelves: Published May 1st by Graphics Press first published January 1st It sounded good and I kept it by my side and needing some literary help pulled it off the ” to- read” shelf.

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Perhaps students grew impatient with the great number of examples. May 04, Stidmama rated it it was amazing. Arrtful as Style in his writing course. Working with the chapter in class, I would say students focused on the four short sentence types the first half of the chapter more than on the compound effects within paragraphs.

No textbookish commonplaces here.