Our author writes with good sense about prescriptivism, the once unquestioned understanding that there was a correct English with its appropriate rules: break them and the result is solecism, anacoluthon
, and vulgarity.
is a device of vehemence: we often do not speak in calm, linear syntax when upset.
Furthermore the inadequate translation, which fails to identify the anacoluthon
and consequent pun on ferai revealing that lovers are changed as frequently as chaplets, removes a whole stratum of satire from the passage.
The tension of his abrupt enjambments, the stuttered definitions, shifting vectors in syntax, which cut by line breaks, knotted by anacoluthon
(to effect metaphor of locutions rather than images), yet ends up, like a magician's rope, in one piece--these haunt me with felt time: argons of alert animality pacing in thought.
Pinning tearsheets to the wall might have made for a more challenging, not to mention authentic, presentation, but Wallis instead quarantines six of Clark's books--covers shut tight; not even a glimpse of what constitutes Untitled (1994), known as "the River Pheonix book," for example--inside a single dinky case, which certainly is one way to italicize their "unreadability" and pictoral anacoluthon
Further, there is one outright anacoluthon
in the text (the intended final sentence of the first paragraph on p.
The "I" in the opening sentence of the passage is lost, as Emerson uses the figure of anacoluthon
, a mode of expression that, because the writer or speaker changes constructions mid-sentence, leaves its beginning uncompleted.