This course is for students who wish to gain a technical knowledge of the sentence, both in order to improve their own writing and in order to understand what makes a sentence excellent. The system of traditional (Reed-Kellogg) diagramming is an accessible way to learn what clauses are, how they are related to one another, and how the placement of adjectival and adverbial modifiers can influence meaning and sound. The first half of the course will be devoted to learning how to diagram; the second will allow students time and space to use the Reed-Kellogg system to analyze and revise their own writing. Although this class does not fulfill a requirement in the Creative Writing concentration, creative writers in all genres (including poetry, where syntax is important in its own way) are most welcome, as are students in any discipline who wish to improve their analytical writing.
Course Attributes: EN H; AS HUM; FA HUM; AR HUM; BU Hum