Poetic License

Submitted by hadrian on Thu, 12/12/2013 - 00:00

Poetic license is the right, for a poet, to be a d**k to language. At least, that's how I usually explain it. This means we poets are allowed to twist, maim, or completely ignore the normal rules of grammar. Poetic license, however, extends farther than just the rules of grammar and also includes distortion of actual facts in its description as well as putting the rules of poetry itself into a little corner and let it cry.

Response: The Colour of Magic -- Terry Pratchett

Submitted by hadrian on Wed, 12/11/2013 - 00:00

So, I have had a blog for the whole of half a week by now. The first issue with blogging is: content... What to post??? What to post? And then it hit me, I have plenty of opinions and I read plenty of books. I'm sure I can combine those two and write something interesting about it. Thus, one of the things I intend to regularly post about is a response to the books I have read and the first book I shall respond to is The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett.

Linguistics: Wololo

Submitted by hadrian on Tue, 12/10/2013 - 00:00

Linguistics can be an interesting field of study. Nearly all humans use language and it is, indeed, considered to be an integral part of being human. More interesting is the huge amount of languages that are spoken (about 6000 at present), each of which different in grammar and vocabulary. Yet, in this veritable forest of possibilities, this seeming chaos of potentialities, order can be found. Rules can be determined that are the same for all languages, not just grammatically but also in the distribution of word-meaning.