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    Smile Re: Sentences as flowers

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Antonson View Post
    When I was in college, I briefly studied botany. One of the best things about the study was to dissect flowers under a stereoscopic microscope. A tulip has all of the parts -- pistil, stamen, petals, anthers, etc. In a tulip they are easy to see. I didn't make a botanist, but I never forgot the beauty that I saw. Sentences are like that -- at least when diagrammed in the R-K way.
    They are individually beautiful. So many of the parts are there, but they are arranged in such a varied fashion.
    Beautiful words!
    You know, I havenít yet found an exact word to describe the emotions that are developed in us because of our exposure to a science, and their unexplainably mysterious connections with another science of a very different nature.
    Well, thatís a sweet confluence.
    Life flows through the delicate veins of a rose, and we could say language is the life that flows in the veins of mine.
    Iím sure our recollections are sweet.

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    Re: Sentences as flowers

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    Re: Sentences as flowers

    Back to sentences as flowers.

    Consider the delight that children take in folk songs like "I know an old woman who swallowed a fly", and the accumulation of infinitive phrases that builds in the song. Or, consider "The Twelve Days of Chistmas" with its accumulation of direct objects. I believe that there is a recognized genre of such "cumulative songs". Don't they show simple folk at play in the fields of syntax -- enjoying sentences for their complexity?

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