Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, NO RULE TO BE AFRAID OF, by BERTON BRALEY



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NO RULE TO BE AFRAID OF, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: The grammar has a rule absurd
Last Line: Why, that is what I'll end it with!
Subject(s): Education; Grammar; Schools; Students


The grammar has a rule absurd
Which I would call an outworn myth;
"A preposition is a word
You mustn't end a sentence with!"

That rule I very often flout
Because it makes me far from calm.
It's one I do not care about.
I wonder where they get it from?

I'll make a preposition do
The thing I want to use it for.
Why should that be objected to?
There's nothing in it to abhor.

For since my school days first commenced
It is a practice which I've found
No reason to protest against
Amid the folks I've been around.

And though to purists it's a sin
And one that's largely frowned upon,
It's one that I've persisted in
Whatever spot I'm dwelling on.

For if to any sentence pat,
A preposition adds more pith,
And aids what I am driving at
Why, that is what I'll end it with!





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