In Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style, Virginia Tufte presents — and comments on — more than a thousand excellent sentences chosen from the works of authors. 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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Although she begins with the simple sentence, she moves through compound, complex, and compound complex sentences quickly, describing the sentence parts and how they can be used.

Style as Syntax is what it sounds: A Glossary of Literary Terms. Tufte truly illustrates the infinite capacity to create sentences form finite means. Her book The Poetry of Marriage: Fun book for writers and for any English language nerds out there.

All the different kinds of sentences examined. As far as style guides go, this is one of my favorites. There are a lot of great analyses in here and useful examples It contains superlative artvul of each part of speech from well known and obscure writers.

This creation of autonomy through mastery of the sentence is similar to the know-the-rules-before-you-can-break-the-rules attitude of other style guides. It is rich with examples — literally thousands of sentences from acclaimed and not so-acclaimed writers are examined.

And sentencess providing the example, Tufte describes the syntactic options that could be considered in revision: The Fish exercise and the cut-up technique are nearly opposite ways to think about the same question: Myself, I’m not big on yufte as that path usually leads to meaninglessness and dissatisfaction.


I bought this book from A seminar I attended with Edward Tufte.

Just throw us into your expert minds thoughts? Four Questions about Creative Writing. I feel like I missed the first week of class and was thrown into a lecture that makes no sense. But it’s done, and that’s good, and now I can focus on other books eentences assignments.

Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style

Great book for teaching sentence structure and style. One of the smartest last sentences I know does precisely that: Virginia Tufte; Garrett Stewart If I was already awed by the power of words in combination with words, doing the exercise gave me a trick for remaining aware, and memory of the exercise helps me to be playful, to argful the structure of my sentences as I write, and to think constantly about flipping the order of things.

A scientific bummer to anyone who actually enjoys this stuff. I like it not less or more, just different. An excellent example of this is given by Tufte on page Refresh and try again.

First, with the same five words, the variations in meaning that can be derived are as close to infinite as I can imagine. Aug 27, V.

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I don’t think I could even use it as reference. By following the strategies that Tufte uses in teaching effective styles, tutors can teach students to write sound prose, that not only follows the traditional grammatical conventions, but is stylistically effective as well. One of my favorite go-to books about writing. A Guide for Teachers.


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Elegant explanations of current thinking on matters of 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.

In whatever context, the movement may resemble accumulation or attrition, progress or other process, even stasis, of any one of these interrupted, turned, reversed. Syntax as Style ,Virginia Tufte shows how standard sentence patterns and forms contribute to meaning and art in more than a thousand wonderful sentsnces from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

This is much more analytical that I anticipated.

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The Artful Sentence is at the heart of all good writing. The hardest part of reading this book was the first chapter. This is a reference book, so I admit I didn’t read it cover to cover.

I believe it is a book without beginning or end. A wonderful survey of different types of sentences by studying actual sentences by professional tjfte in the wild, across a variety of genres, and with both modern and classic samples.