Stanley Cooper

Rookie - 20 Points (August 4th,1926 / New York City)

Punctuation - Poem by Stanley Cooper

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


Comments about Punctuation by Stanley Cooper

  • Gold Star - 24,199 Points Chinedu Dike (4/19/2015 5:38:00 AM)

    Nice piece on the essence of punctuation marks. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

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  • Bronze Star - 2,292 Points 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

  • Freshman - 950 Points 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

  • Veteran Poet - 1,538 Points 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

  • Gold Star - 27,112 Points 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

  • Rookie - 97 Points Dare Onadele (10/3/2014 7:13:00 AM)

    This is creative. I like it (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 26,918 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (10/3/2014 1:32:00 AM)

    A poem on writing skills and correctness of grammer and averting the literal disaster a beutiful one. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,229 Points Jasbir Chatterjee (10/3/2014 1:19:00 AM)

    Punctuate with punctuation...beautiful, very nice poem indeed... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 206 Points Guy Lip-more (6/20/2014 11:43:00 AM)

    Loved this, a clever write. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 866 Points 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

  • Silver Star - 3,266 Points Valerie Dohren (10/3/2013 5:12:00 PM)

    Some like it, some don't - great poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Deci Hernandez (10/3/2012 3:36:00 PM)

    If you master this poem, you master english. i love it.10. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie 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

  • Veteran Poet - 1,229 Points Jasbir Chatterjee (10/3/2012 6:09:00 AM)

    Quite an interesting poem and certainly deserves to be the poem of the day! Hats off, Stanley! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 5 Points Anita Sehgal (10/3/2012 5:37:00 AM)

    top marks... outstanding (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 196 Points 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

  • Rookie - 299 Points 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

  • Rookie Lime and Tequila with a Splash of Pineapple (2/4/2008 12:51:00 PM)

    This is a great learning mnemonic, clever and fun to read (you have a great, inspiring biography by the way) .

    Peace,

    L&T (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Tara very irritated with PH injustice (3/4/2006 10:28:00 PM)

    How wonderfully imaginative...agree with all other comments. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie 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

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, December 8, 2005

Poem Edited: Tuesday, September 13, 2011


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