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The Virtues of Verse Fanny Howe In response to the literacy problem in this country the poetic line might need to come to the rescue of the children. The children might learn to understand syntax and the reasons for it by writing all their papers in short lines. These would include book reports, compositions and every form of creative prose. Each would look like a poem. If the children could see the points where breath and length come together they might decipher the necessity of syntax. Finally while writing they might feel the stirrings of love for harmony and complexity that exists in grammar. 128 | Howe Metaphors, imagery, action, conversation, plot, theme, and timing might emerge as games in the use of short lines. I truly believe every American child could learn the meaning of the sentence, painlessly, through very plain poetry. ...


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