Tuesday, March 20, 2012

His soul swooned slowly as he read the words she wrote faintly on the page and faintly trailing away, like the descent of their last end, directed at once to the living and the dead. (An exercise suggested by the article.)

The Sentence as a Miniature Narrative - NYTimes.com

Image from "The Dead" thismodernword.com

Just as there is no one perfect boat, there is no one perfect sentence structure. Mark Twain wrote sentences that were as humble, sturdy and American as a canoe; William Faulkner wrote sentences as gaudy as a Mississippi riverboat. But no matter the atmospherics, the best sentences bolt a clear subject to a dramatic predicate, making a mini-narrative.
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