12.01.2005

VP on Literary Structure

Varjak Paul, in his --th year, wrote in his journal:

"Every sentence is a universe unto itself. Every sentence contains an entire world, a world that can be told, that is told, both in the sentence itself, and as couched among the surrounding sentences. Even without a single contextual ally, a sentence should, ideally, stand strong. Thus will weak sentences give themselves away: if it cannot support itself, neither will it be found able to support its contextual allies. Similarly, weak writing, if the culprit is a lack of cosmic integrity, may be aided by attention to the spectrum's opposite end.

In practice, however, the distribution of weight is almost always uneven.

Fragments, despite being grammatically (though not necessarily logically) incomplete, still reserve for themselves unique identities. However, standing by itself, a fragment would find survival difficult without its "more complete" counterparts. Why, if not for lack of support? Conversely, a grammatically (though not necessarily logically) complete sentence, though offering an easier view its into self-contained universe, is (again, in practice) often employed such that the effect is to detract from the support it inherently offers to its bretheren."

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