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Poetry Friday: The Grammar Lesson by Steve Kowit

March 7th, 2008 (07:11 am)
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Current Song: Break Anotha by Blake Lewis

In honor of National Grammar Day, which was March 4th:

A noun's a thing. A verb's the thing it does.
An adjective is what describes the noun.
In "The can of beets is filled with purple fuzz"

of and with are prepositions. The's
an article, a can's a noun,
a noun's a thing. A verb's the thing it does.

- The Grammar Lesson by Steve Kowit

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Comments

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: March 7th, 2008 11:43 am (UTC)
TadMack says: :)

I could have used this one teaching English! Of course, during every grammar test everyone would be muttering, "The noun's the thing... the verb's the thing it does... which really wouldn't be that bad!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: March 7th, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
Re: TadMack says: :)

Let's put it to SONG!

Posted by: saralholmes (saralholmes)
Posted at: March 7th, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC)
Re: TadMack says: :)

And you, of course, to sing it! :)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: March 7th, 2008 09:31 pm (UTC)
Re: TadMack says: :)

Twist my arm, Sara.

Posted by: Kym Brunner - author of Wanted: Dead or In Love (kymbrunner)
Posted at: March 7th, 2008 12:18 pm (UTC)

Cute poem, but I'm not so sure it would help my fifth graders learn their grammar rules. Might make them even more confused, which is really hard to imagine because they seem to equate parts of speech with deciphering an ancient Middle Eastern script. I'm definitely going to give it a try however, along with my favorite teaching tool: the School House Rock videos. :) KYM

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: March 7th, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)

Three is the magic number!

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: March 7th, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC)
Cloudscome says:

I just can't stop thinking about that can of purple fizz now. Why is it fizzy? What happens if we drink it?

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: March 7th, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Cloudscome says:

Oh, don't drink it.

Posted by: kellyrfineman (kellyrfineman)
Posted at: March 7th, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC)

Oh, squee! Another villanelle to love. And so very witty and fun!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: March 7th, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)

I like that you're squeeing over grammar. Woo!

Posted by: kellyrfineman (kellyrfineman)
Posted at: March 7th, 2008 03:31 pm (UTC)

I am squeeing over the form of the poem, actually, but I love the wit and humor in it and his decision to "teach" grammar rules inside the form.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: March 7th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)

:)

Posted by: Jama Rattigan (jamarattigan)
Posted at: March 7th, 2008 03:07 pm (UTC)

What a fun poem. Purple fuzz is definitely good for you.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: March 7th, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)

Purple is my favorite color, and beets I like just fine, but if the beets are fuzzy, I might pass on them . . .

Posted by: simpleordinary.blogspot.com (ext_87583)
Posted at: March 7th, 2008 04:21 pm (UTC)

Very cute poem!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: March 7th, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC)

Agreed.

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