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Imitating the Grammar of the Greats!

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Imitating the Grammar of the Greats!
Writers learn to write by paying a certain sort of attention to the works of their great predecessors in the medium of written language, as well as by merely reading them. – John Barth
Chunking to Imitate
In these exercises, you will become familiar with meaningful divisions within sentences, a familiarity you will need to imitate model sentences.Authors compose their sentences one “chunk” or meaningful sentence part at a time.
Which one is divided into meaningful chunks?
1A: She made stuffed pork chops / with applesauce and mashed potatoes / and it tasted / like cardboard.Or1B:Shemade stuffed/ pork chops with applesauce and mashed/ potatoes and it tasted like / cardboard.- Frank McCourt,Teacher Man
2A: For more than a / century the big business of / Gravesend was lumber, which / was the first big business of New / Hampshire.Or2B: For more than a century / the big business of Gravesend / was lumber, / which was / the first big business / of New Hampshire.- John Irving,A Prayer for Owen Meany
Which can be divided into the same chunks?
Model: Outside, I found a taxi for her.Maya Angelou,The Heart of a WomanA. Slowly, the cat jumped and landed quietly.B. Nearby,Akeelahhad a dictionary in hand.
Model: He turned slowly and stood a moment longer, a faceless silhouette against the light.Morris West,The Clown of GodA. Morris spoke quickly and complained a while longer, a disgruntled customer in the manager’s office.B. Beautifully, Clara sang, winning first place in the contest, her competitors not even close to her talent.
Now, chunk both into the same sentence parts!
Model: Outside, I found a taxi for her.Maya Angelou,The Heart of a WomanA. Slowly, the cat jumped and landed quietly.B. Nearby,Akeelahhad a dictionary in hand.
Now, chunk both into the same sentence parts!
Model: He turned slowly and stood a moment longer, a faceless silhouette against the light.Morris West,The Clown of GodA. Morris spoke quickly and complained a while longer, a disgruntled customer in the manager’s office.B. Beautifully, Clara sang, winning first place in the contest, her competitors not even close to her talent.
Match the model with the imitation
Models1:Theelephant was dying, in great agony, very slowlyGeorge Orwell, “Shooting an Elephant”2: In the back room of the laboratory, the white rats in their cages ran and skittered and Squeaked.John Steinbeck,Cannery RowImitationsA. Near the old barn by the railroad tracks, the stray cat foraged and lived and slept.B. The sunset was happening, in silent splendor, quite colorfully.

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