Monologue of a Dog Ensnared in History by Wisława Szymborska

There are dogs and dogs. I was among the chosen. I had good papers and wolf’s blood in my veins. I lived upon the heights inhaling the odors of views: meadows in sunlight, spruces after rain, and clumps of earth beneath the snow. I had a decent home and people on call, I was fed, … More Monologue of a Dog Ensnared in History by Wisława Szymborska

Style

Style To write just one antecedentless “that” Can produce syntactic absurdity That sprawls out across the page like a cat In a fog of feline obscurity Defining clauses set off by commas Mislead the meanings to mean what they don’t Making the text have textual traumas That should really do it in, but they don’t … More Style

Quote of the Day

“The wretched of the earth get no help from witch doctors, and when academic language gets beyond shouting distance of ordinary speech, voodoo is all it is.” ― Clive James, Cultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories from History and the Arts

Adverbs

Adverbs are words that modify verbs, which indicate actions or states of being: The clown acted goofily. Canada did wonderfully in the World Cup. The cat scratched me viciously. Adverbs also modify adjectives: a goofily dressed clown, a wonderfully diverse Canada, a viciously behaved cat. Adverbs also modify other adverbs: a really goofily dressed clown, … More Adverbs