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from A Poet’s Work, by Sam Hamill

Gram­mar is no more than a log­i­cal orga­ni­za­tion for the pre­sen­ta­tion of thoughts and feel­ings. “Struc­ture,” [Wen­dell] Berry says, “is intel­li­gi­bil­i­ty.” And, “A sen­tence is both the oppor­tu­ni­ty and lim­it of thought—what we have to think with, and what have to think in. It is, more­over, a fee­lable thought, a thought that impress­es its sense not just on our under­stand­ing, but on our hear­ing, our sense of rhythm and pro­por­tion.”

 

To per­mit our schools to neglect the study of gram­mar is to deny our chil­dren the oppor­tu­ni­ty to explore the lim­its of their own thoughts and feel­ings.

 

—Sam Hamill, “Ortho­dox, Het­ero­dox, Para­dox”

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