Soft Geometry of Good GrammarJanuary 3, 2008 at 4:40 pm | Posted in writing | 6 Comments
Without certain consent over the particular connection of sound and meaning everything would be the babble of brooks into still mountain ponds. One could consider good grammar good manners, control over the natural instinct to greet with howls, wild gestures or covertly, tiny exahalations of pleasure at recognition, grooming even. That is the simplest geometry of grammar, not to split an infinitive but,
nor to dangle an ungainly participle.
I agree however that there may be a sophistication of structure based on mutual consent, a nudge heard, a which there, wink wink, a tiny squeeze of a soft hand,
and a quick escalation of response,
an unfurling of shiny surfaces,