05-11-07 Instinct Williams_The Clasp Olds

05-11-07 Instinct Williams_The Clasp Olds - past, but rather

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Fornecker 1 Benjamin Fornecker Close Reading and Critical Writing November 7, 2005 A Comment on the Writing Styles of C.K. Williams’ Instinct and Sharon Olds’ The Clasp Different authors have many ways of expressing themselves, shown through their style of writing. C.K. Williams and Sharon Olds have ways of writing that show similarity between them. The way in which they write paints a picture in the reader’s head to attract them to keep reading. Both authors, in my opinion, did a good job in keeping my interest the whole time. C.K. Williams’ Instinct is written as one long run-on sentence that doesn’t seem like it will end. It makes the reader interested in finding the end of the sentence when, in fact, the end of the sentence is the end of the poem where the speaker leaves and says, “I’ll go back and be myself now, you go be the person you are, too” (Williams 15). There are many places in the poem where the author could have stopped, such as “not dreadful, or not very, not at least now that it’s
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Unformatted text preview: past, but rather something…funny” (Williams 11). The use of commas shows that the story is not going to end and that there is hope in the future for the speaker. Sharon Olds’ The Clasp is written somewhat different, but keeping many of the same qualities as C.K. Williams. There are four sentences, rather than one, which allows the reader Fornecker 2 to pause and think about what was just said: “the righteous chant accompanying the clasp” (Olds 10-11). Olds uses detail to get her point across to her audience: “Her dark, deeply open eyes” (Olds 17-18). Both authors had a theme of love between a parent and their offspring. Williams addresses “my son, my love” (Williams 15), while Olds talks about “her mother, one of the two whom she most loved” (Olds 20-21). Both authors use great detail and long sentences to interest their audiences to keep reading. (6 citations, 301 words)...
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This essay was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course ENRU 1240 taught by Professor Kerins during the Fall '08 term at Fordham.

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05-11-07 Instinct Williams_The Clasp Olds - past, but rather

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