A child's garden of grammar by Tom Disch

By Tom Disch

Mild verse and kooky illustrations make grammar their playground

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No active verb Can Stand to Stand still. It Must Have action, Feel the thrill Of Using all its verbal skill To Sink and Swim and Think vast thoughts And Tie itself in tangled knots. Page 8 Pronouns Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Adjectives Without us apples would be gray,. And pies would taste like modeling clay; The nights would go by in a haze, No darker or brighter than the days. When we are near, the sky is clear, The market bullish, stockings sheer. As jewels on a satin gown Are adjectives to any noun.

A wouldn't fit A bear so dear and definite.

When, months later, he called back, She had already married Jack. " the lad began.  Let me explain: The verb to be" "You're such a pain! " "That may be true, but we'd agree, And that is what pronouns must do. " Page 72 Page 73 You and I If I were you, who would I be? Not me, because I would be you. I'd have your name and wear your clothes, And if I wrote, I'd write your prose, Which would not be like me at all.  Give me a call. Page 74 Page 75 Page 76 He, She, and It Page 77 Page 78 Page 79 Page 80 Page 81 Thou, Thee, and Thine There was a time--it's long gone now- When thee was you, and you were thou.

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