What is the subject?
What is the predicate?
Really, who cares what makes up a sentence?
Grammar seems tedious and rule bound
to my eighth grade students preparing for
a state standardized writing exam.
We are much happier looking at
the beauty of grammar in…
that startling opening line
or the devastating last words
of a beloved book.
We know the author revised and revised
to ensure every carefully placed comma
created just the right mood
to lodge the sentence
in the reader’s heart for good.