Friday, September 21, 2007

Poetry Friday: English Grammar

Shields, Carol Diggory. 2004. Brainjuice: English. Illustrations by Tony Ross

Divided into three sections (rules, tools, and school and beyond) Brainjuice English presents 40 poems on some of the essentials taught in the English classroom. Don’t think there is a way to make grammar fun? Read some of these poems, and you might just be surprised to see yourself smiling.

Today's roundup is at Read, Write, Believe

Sentence Romance

by Carol Diggory Shields

A verb and noun met up one day.
Said the verb, “I think you’re sweet!
Together, you and I could form a sentence that’s complete.”
Noun winked. Verb grinned. A simple life they lived.
She gave him several adverbs, he brought her an adjective.
They added a conjunction, and when the time was ripe,
They had a little clause, of the independent type.
Prepositions followed, and then, without a pause,
They found they were the parents
Of a cute dependent clause.
The noun and verb both smiled and sighed,
“Our sentence sure has grown.
Though it is now compound-complex,
It’s still our home sweet home.”

From Brainjuice: English by Carol Diggory Shields, 22.


Sara said...

My "little clauses" were always of the independent type. :) This is very clever.

Anonymous said...

That sounds quite goofy. I like it!

Anonymous said...

Nice one!

Reminds me of Mr. Morton and Pearl from School House rocks Parts of a Sentence romance.