Performance: Grammar and Punctuation

Poets use grammar and punctuation in very different ways.

Some begin every sentence with a capital, others don’t.
Some use commas and full stops, others don’t.
Some use brackets and colons and semi-colons and exclamation marks and question marks, and others don’t use anything at all.

This class, we are going to look at a selection of poems that use grammar and punctuation in different ways – and the way in which this affects performance.

Let’s start with a poem by E.E. Cummings – who uses grammar in an unusual way.