Stanley Cooper

(August 4th,1926 / New York City)

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Punctuation


Punctuation, stepchild tool of writing
Does not get it’s write-ful due
If we stopped this literate slighting
It would be a literal coup

The period we see as a dot
Has such a vital essence
The reason we use it a lot
Is to forestall a run-on sentence.

Colons: are sometimes used
To act as sentencing braces
Colons called semi; help us fuse
Connecting multiple phrases

To combine a compound adjective
The hyphen-comes into play
Question marks? are for the inquisitive
While commas, show delay

If writing is your avocation
And hope writing you will master
Punctuate with punctuation
Averting literal disaster

Submitted: Thursday, December 08, 2005
Edited: Tuesday, September 13, 2011

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  • Kevin Patrick (10/3/2014 9:03:00 PM)

    A delightful read, a nice little trip down memory lane for all those times my English teachers would interrogate my use of grammar. This is not just a good poem but its a nice little note for all those poor students that need a little refresher about the proper use of punctuation. Great choice for members poem of the day. (Report) Reply

  • Michelle Claus (10/3/2014 1:55:00 PM)

    Cute and clever. Somewhat perplexed by the incorrect use of it's in Stanza 1, Line 2. The use of it's is used for it is, rather than the possessive form its. Since this is an instructional poem about punctuation and writing, ... (Report) Reply

  • Kay Staley (10/3/2014 9:46:00 AM)

    Nice job. I could see teachers showing this to their students to help them remember what different punctuation marks are for. (Report) Reply

  • Akhtar Jawad (10/3/2014 8:10:00 AM)

    Without proper punctuation, sometimes meaning of a sentence is completely changed. A nice write. (Report) Reply

  • Liliana ~el (10/3/2013 5:51:00 PM)

    Perfect! ! ! Lovely and great use of the punctuation in demonstrating your point and meaning! Fun and rhyming but with depth :) ... Now, if only there's a poem like this for the grammar of you're, they're, too, and loose, among others! ! ! Very enjoyed :) (Report) Reply

  • Caroline Bulleck (10/3/2012 2:23:00 PM)

    I absolutely love this. You incorporated a grammar lesson in a poem and it worked beautifully. Keep up the good work! (Report) Reply

  • Dr.subhendu Kar (6/6/2010 11:44:00 PM)

    oh what a wonderful write that enlightens a poet/writer by knowledge, i make my salute to thee.superb.thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Adeline Foster (2/5/2010 10:32:00 AM)

    A great poem without punctuation: a poet's prerogative, I do believe. Voices my exact feelings.
    Well done.
    Adeline (Report) Reply

  • Christian Eliab Ratnam (1/23/2006 10:05:00 PM)

    Once again, I must say this poem is beautiful, and yes I do agree with Charles this poem would be very good for an English teachers use! Wonderful work! (Report) Reply

  • C.H Grocock (1/3/2006 11:16:00 AM)

    So very true correct punctuation is a dying thing.This is extreemly well written, it has good flow and rhythm which made an enjoyable read. (Report) Reply

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