Willem VanVoorthuysen

Rookie (Nov.2,1916 / Dutch East Indies (Indonesia))

Loving Our Language - Poem by Willem VanVoorthuysen

Why should I ever want
my poems to convey
their messages in clear
and unmistakable terms,
obeying all accepted rules
of grammar, syntax, idiom,
spelling and punctuation?

The answer, nowadays
seems often to be simply,
'No, I don't, since poetry
is now a liberal art'.

My friends, be thankful for
this beautiful language we
may call our own, and that
we should respect enough
to learn its ways and rules,
and practice them in poetry.

Comments about Loving Our Language by Willem VanVoorthuysen

  • (5/13/2006 8:45:00 PM)

    Thank you. Someone needed to say that. Email and IM's are ruining our spelling and grammer. since when is wut's^ how ru english? -Lydia,13 (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, May 13, 2006

Poem Edited: Monday, May 29, 2006

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