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More bad poetry

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Oh lordy. People just can't quit writing the drivel, can they? This isn't by any means the worst love poem I've ever posted, but frankly I think all rhyming should be forbidden unless you're the next Shakespeare.

Mignon - It really was "impossible;" of this I can convince you. It is imperative that I leave New York Tuesday morning next. If we may not meet at least give me an address that will reach you.
I send thee the truest Valentine
That ever was writ or ever was read;
It is but a single, simple line,
Yet a sweeter was never sung or said
Than just this: - "I am thine; I am thine!"
I thought of saving this for Valentine's Day, but if I'm going to post a V Day specific ad, I'm at least going to find a really nice one instead of something so dreadful.

I should mention that the author here just made one of my biggest pet peeve grammatical mistakes, which may have contributed to my disdain. Colons and semi-colons go outside quotations marks. Why do people have so much trouble with that? (Granted, this rule may not have been so strict in the 19th century - not that people are so great about following it now.)

Okay, moving on. You know, comparatively, this isn't so terrible, and I guess I appreciate the amount of money this person was willing to spend just to tell Mignon: "I am thine." That's nice. But I think if someone was ever addressing a Valentine's Day ad to me (just throwing that out there), I'd prefer something with a little less verbiage and a little more eloquence, you know?

Hmm, I haven't got much to add here and as it's past midnight in London, I'm gonna quit while I'm ahead. Speaking of Valentine's Day, there is some exciting stuff in the works for this blog coming up around that time, so stay tuned...

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Anonymous January 17, 2010 at 8:56 PM  

You're correct on the semi-colons, but where are you from that your grammar and mechanics books tell you that commas go outside quotation marks?

From the third edition of A Pocket Manual of Style, by Diana Hacker, page 72:

Place periods and commas inside quotation marks.

"This is a stick-up," said the well-dressed young couple. "We want all your money."

This rule applies to single and double quotation marks, and it applies to all uses of quotation marks.

Pam January 18, 2010 at 4:04 AM  

Oops, that should have been COLONS, not commas. Thanks for the catch.

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