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Building great sentences : exploring the writer's craft
Landon, Brooks.
Physical Description:
4 videodiscs (720 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 course guidebook (vi, 124 pages ; 19 cm).
Great writing begins--and ends--with the sentence. Whether two words ("Jesus wept.") or 1,287 words (a sentence in William Faulkner's Absalom! Absalom!), sentences have the power to captivate, entertain, motivate, educate, and, most importantly, delight. Understanding the variety of ways to construct sentences, from the smallest clause to the longest sentence, is important to enhancing your appreciation of great writing and potentially improving your own. This course applies the sentence-oriented approach to studying writing and provides a larger context for what makes sentences great. Students investigate how to recognize the mechanics of sentences, how language works on thoughts and emotions, and learn basic strategies to sharpen their ability to recognize great sentences and make their own writing more effective.
General Note:
Course no. 2368.

Course guidebook includes professor biography, statement of course scope, lecture outlines and notes, glossary, biographical notes, and bibliography.
A sequence of words ; Grammar and rhetoric ; Propositions and meaning ; How sentences grow ; Adjectival steps ; The rhythm of cumulative syntax -- Direction of modification ; Coordinate, subordinate, and mixed patterns ; Coordinate cumulative sentences ; Subordinate and mixed cumulatives ; Prompts of comparison ; Prompts of explanation ; The riddle of prose rhythm ; Cumulative syntax to create suspense ; Degrees of suspensiveness ; The mechanics of delay ; Prefab patterns for suspense ; Balanced sentences and balanced forms -- The rhythm of twos ; The rhythm of threes ; Balanced series and serial balances ; Master sentences ; Sentences in sequence ; Sentences and prose style.
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