Today Bardiac offers up A Poem for Grading (read it here), quite appropriate considering that my primary task today and tomorrow is to respond to eight more freshman drafts, a dozen honors humor theory papers, and 24 postcolonial essays. I'm thinking about making it more interesting by writing all my comments on papers in verse.
A quatrain on comma splices:
To join complete sentences
requires strong glue.
Semicolons work wonders,
but commas won't do.
A little moody blues:
When you write about conditions contrary to fact
Oh, when you write about conditions contrary to fact
Yes, when you write about conditions contrary to fact
If I were you, dude,
I'd choose the subjunctive mood.
A transitional haiku:
Wide chasms between
paragraphs? Build a bridge to
keep me from falling.
Now it's your turn: verse of any kind providing advice to writers of any kind.