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    Default what do you think about the grammatical structure of this poem?

    What do you think about the grammatical structure of this poem?
    Are there grammar lapses?



    Ode To The Spider

    Once upon a moonlit night there was a little spider,
    Who sadly came across a girl who’s name was Molly Snyder.
    Poor little guy stood no chance against her platform shoes,
    She screamed and smacked and reduced dear spider to ooze.

    By FIN

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    Default Re: what do you think about the grammatical structure of this poem?

    Quote Originally Posted by killerpol View Post
    What do you think about the grammatical structure of this poem?
    Are there grammar lapses?



    Ode To The Spider

    Once upon a moonlit night there was a little spider ,
    Who sadly came across a girl who’s name was Molly Snyder.
    Poor little guy stood no chance against her platform shoes.
    She screamed and smacked and reduced dear spider to ooze.

    By FIN
    The grammar's ok - apart from omitting the comma from line 1, and putting a period on line 3.

    The only problem is that the rhythm breaks down in the last line (the bold part).
    The lines are stressed 7,7,7,6 (or 5).
    It's OK to vary the rhythm a little at the beginning of the line, as in line 3, but having it break down in the last phrase is ... um, terminal.

    A possible fix with 7,7,7,7 beats:

    Once upon a moonlit night there was a little spider
    Who sadly came across a girl who’s name was Molly Snyder.
    Poor little guy stood no chance against her platform shoes.
    She screamed and cried and smacked and stamped and reduced the spider to ooze.

    "Reduced" would be better as single syllable. So would "spider", but I guess you're stuck with it.o would spider
    Last edited by Raymott; 24-Feb-2010 at 14:40.

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