By Jeff Mock

Poetry's varieties, kinds, and buildings are illustrated throughout the paintings of Shakespeare, e.e. cummings, Tim Geiger and others. those poems, and dozens of arms on perform classes, will motivate readers to scan with language, and write poetry.

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Connotation is the subtle shading of meanings that a word carries along with its dictionary definition. It's what a word suggests. When we pause in conversation to search for the right word, we're really searching for just the right combination of denotation and connotation. The two go hand in hand, the literal meaning and the suggestion. Should we say, for example, that we're pleased with a meal or satisfied with it? Our choice makes a world of difference to a chef, especially to a temperamental chef.

Apprehended. No, Grandmother's fine stationery wasn't meant for paper airplanes. Yes, the wooden tiles of Grandfather's Scrabble game floated in the sink, but they weren't battleships. No, one did not practice with the handsaw on the legs of the workshop table. My father's favorite expression at such times was ornery. He exclaimed it loudly and, when nothing was ruined, with a degree of amusement. Ornery, he boomed, and down the hall, tearing at full FRAMING THE HOUSE speed, a blur of ears and curls, came Andre, tail wagging, tongue lolling out, to sit proudly at my father's feet.

Mistaking one word for another is all too common, either because the words are homophones (such as there, they're and their) or because an important nuance distinguishes one from another. Lie and lay are examples of the latter: Lie means to rest in a horizontal position, while lay means to set down. After I lay a book on my bedside table, I lie down for a nap. When in doubt about the proper word, check your dictionary. Plural and possessive. The plural of a word is formed by adding an s (or es in some instances) to the word; the possessive is formed by adding an '5, and the plural possessive is formed by adding an s'.

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