Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style

Artful Sentences Syntax as Style In Artful Sentences Syntax as Style Virginia Tufte shows how standard sentence patterns and forms contribute to meaning and art in than a thousand wonderful sentences from the twentieth and twenty fir

  • Title: Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style
  • Author: Virginia Tufte
  • ISBN: 9780961392185
  • Page: 102
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  • In Artful Sentences Syntax as Style,Virginia Tufte shows how standard sentence patterns and forms contribute to meaning and art in than a thousand wonderful sentences from the twentieth and twenty first centuries The book has special interest for aspiring writers, students of literature and language, and anyone who finds joy in reading and writing Artful SentIn Artful Sentences Syntax as Style,Virginia Tufte shows how standard sentence patterns and forms contribute to meaning and art in than a thousand wonderful sentences from the twentieth and twenty first centuries The book has special interest for aspiring writers, students of literature and language, and anyone who finds joy in reading and writing Artful Sentences Syntax as Style, generally recognized as the best study of sentence style Brooks Landon, University of Iowa, in Building Useful Sentences, page 122.

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    • As far as style guides go, this is one of my favorites. I like how it stayed away from listing "rules" and instead talked about how different sentences create meaning differently. For about a month after I read this book it was really hard to write, because I wanted every sentence to be as perfect as the examples in this book. Here is the book review I wrote for one of my classes: “The streets were calm with Sunday.” With this quote from Aimee Bender, Virginia Tufte begins; she continues wi [...]


    • This is my favorite book on writing. It's not for beginners; Tufte won't waste your time explaining the parts of speech. There are a great many books out there that do this already. Instead, Tufte is an expert on how careful usage of different parts of speech gives different effect. But the joy in reading this book isn't simply from her well-curated samples from literature; it is also from Tufte's writing itself, which often subtly uses the devices she's talking about. For example, consider the [...]


    • One of the best ways of teaching is to show rather than just to tell, and in this book, Virginia Tufte (Edward Tufte's mother [thanks, Dan, for correcting my misperception that she was his wife!]) fills her chapters with literary examples of the stylistic elements that she wants to illustrate. The extracts tend to be short, but they're no less beautiful or illustrative for that.


    • This is a marvelous book. Not good for sitting down and just reading through necessarily, but excellent as a reference and style manual.Virginia Tufte's long experience allows her to gracefully accept variations in style and therefore avoid prescriptive dogmas. 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 confiden [...]


    • Not what I was expecting. This is much more analytical that I anticipated. Will come back to it another time.


    • “Prose is linear. It is read and is said to move. It must by nature, therefore, generate a symbolics of spatial or temporal movement widened by its context beyond the limits of the actual sentence read from left to right in so many seconds. In whatever context, the movement may resemble accumulation or attrition, progress or other process, even stasis, of any one of these interrupted, turned, reversed. In space or time or both, it can go in any direction as continuous or repetitive, accelerate [...]


    • This is a book for writers, and those who have to read and grade papers. Myself, I'm not big on deconstruction as that path usually leads to meaninglessness and dissatisfaction. So, I galloped through the dissections, but the book is bursting with culled sentences as examples of the different constructions. And, they are good 'uns. A writer will learn by reading this book, whether she reads Virginia Tufte's parsing or not. Tufte breaks the sentences down quite well (I sneaked a peek, now and the [...]


    • I read this book a few pages at a time over a couple of months. It is rich with examples – literally thousands of sentences from acclaimed and not so-acclaimed writers are examined. Tufte’s observations and analysis are excellent, but for someone like me, who hasn’t diagrammed a sentence in decades, sometimes hard to fully grasp. For me it was a little like reading something in French, I understood the words, but the meaning was occasionally elusive and required me to go back and look at w [...]


    • A pretty dry compilation of examples of syntax in writing.In 1946, a quarter meant popcorn, candy, a movie, a cartoon, and a serial, plus a trip to the projection booth to visit Snooky, who read Mickey Spillane books. And after the movie, he could go next door to the Trolley Car Diner, where Jimmy, their boarder, would fry him a burger if he was not too busy. - Fannie Flagg


    • One of the best books that a writer can own. It should be near the writing desk and looked at, often!Highly recommended. A book is made up of a collection of scenes, sequels, happenings, vignettes, all made with paragraphs, all constructed by sentences. The Artful Sentence is at the heart of all good writing.


    • One of my favorite go-to books about writing. The sentence is handled as deftly as the complex character that it is. Learn how to end and begin sentences for specific effects. It contains superlative examples of each part of speech from well known and obscure writers. To know the sentence is to love it and wish to perfect one's command of it.


    • This book is titillating, if you're the kind of person who's titillated by whole chapters on short sentences and parallelism. IF YOU ARE, I might also recommend Edward Tufte's book on diagrams, "The Visual Display of Quantitative Information". IF YOU ARE NOT, well, who would blame you.


    • The hardest part of reading this book was the first chapter. I needed to learn the meaning of several words. I'd never learned what an intransitive, transitive, syntactic punctuation, etc.After some work it helped me write freely, I still look back at part of it. :-)


    • Lots of cool sentences and plenty of ideas to think about them with (and you'd think I'd write a better one here after reading it, right?)


    • It's encyclopedic and amazing in its approach to how grammar and sentence construction affect style and meaning. That said, it just CANNOT be read straight through without boredom.


    • All the different kinds of sentences examined. Construction as basic to meaning. A delight - and one you can dip into anywhere.


    • A school book that definitely felt its length. I read this as a pre-semester assignment for Dan Chaon's 201 Poetry/Prose workshop. And I learned a lot about sentences through hundreds of examples, but I have no idea how much will stick past the page. But it's done, and that's good, and now I can focus on other books and assignments.


    • amazing. this book changed my writing more than 4 years of high school and 2 of college combined. and i've added about 500 books to my to-read list from all the examples she listed.




    • Yikkes! I bought this book from A seminar I attended with Edward Tufte. Shameless self promotion! It sounded good and I kept it by my side and needing some literary help pulled it off the " to- read" shelf. I believe it is a book without beginning or end. I feel like I missed the first week of class and was thrown into a lecture that makes no sense. Introduction? Guidance? Nope?! Just throw us into your expert minds thoughts?I don't think I could even use it as reference. I like the samples of u [...]


    • This is a reference book, so I admit I didn't read it cover to cover. There are a lot of great analyses in here and useful examplesbut I could have used a "how to use this book" section. I still don't know what the logic was behind the division of topics. Overall, useful to someone doing a close readingless useful to someone for their own writing.


    • A wonderful survey of different types of sentences by studying actual sentences by professional writers in the wild, across a variety of genres, and with both modern and classic samples. I liked it and expect I'll refer back to different parts of the book in the future.


    • Read: 1 March 2009-. Gave up fairly quickly as did not feel prepared for it in some way. Hope to get back to it somedayrklindnerfo/blog/2009/12/







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