Monday, May 11, 2009

English class, 05/11/09

CHAPTER V: An Approach to Style

1. Place yourself in the background.

"Write in a way that draws the reader's attention to the sense and substance of the writing, rather than to the mood and temper of the author.

To achieve style, begin by affecting none--that is, place yourself in the background. A careful and honest writer does not need to worry about style. As you become proficient in the use of language, your style will emerge, because you yourself will emerge, and when this happens you will find it increasingly easy to break through the barriers that separate you from other minds, other hearts--which is, of course, the purpose of writing, as well as its principal reward."

- The Elements of Style
(Strunk and White, authors)

They might be loose in the park, or lurkin at the train station.
('cept it sounds like "pahhhk"; get 'em, Roxbury!)

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