Language Structure As Form

a: Punctuation ~
b: the beams in a house

What: "Punctuation is like the beams in a house: the beams are there to support the structure of the house, to prevent it from falling into disarray and to give an added level in the house. An excess of beams, if artistically fashioned, can be passed off as pillars, which are essentially superfluous but help the onlooker to recognize that, yes, this is indeed a house. Punctuation was not a whimsical invention conceived by our long-winded progenitors in order to hamper literature. Quite the opposite, in fact: punctuation serves as a clarifier and a speech-guide."

Writer: Wagner
Date: Oct 15 2013 11:11 AM

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