Syntax In The Poem

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Alp Uçar ENGL 102,01 Tekdemir Homework: Comment on the syntax and poetic line in “At Last We Killed the Roaches” First of all, when we look into the syntax in the poem, we can maintain that Clifton forms orderly sentences. Almost all of the sentences in the poem- except the one in the second line-have the correct “subject +verb+ object” grammatical structure. Rather than a challenging or subverting syntax, we come up against a fairly ordered syntax in the poem. In addition to using a simple sentence in the beginning, the poet then comes to use conjunctions (such as and), prepositional phrases (such as in our hair, for a few nights, and at last) as well as a form of present participle (...and they fell dying onto our shoulders...) and time adverbial (...such cleanliness was disgrace when I was twelve.). Besides, in the first few lines, verbs dominate the syntax of the sentences; nonetheless, they give place to adjectives and nouns in the next lines. The conjunction and is a bit overly used, whilst the meaning imposed on this conjunction can be counterpoised by the use of another conjunctions. When we have a general look at the poem, this kind of additive, or let’s say, coordinating grammar known as paratactic syntax draws our attention. The poet also doesn’t cast punctuation marks away although they are done so in most of the poems. We can see how correctly and suitably they are scattered throughout the poem. As to the diction in the poem, the poet uses strong words such as killed, swept, fell, broken, blood, blade, and murder. This selection of words directly affects the syntax and the general aura in the poem. Finally, we notice that all the letters are written in small letters and not even the first letters after full stops or the subject pronoun “I” is capitalized in the poem. As far as the poetic line is concerned, I am going to align some
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