Week of January 20, 2013—Syntax Needn’t Be Taxing
Monday, January 21— The Rhythm of Sentences
Below are some of my notes from Joyce Sweeney about syntax and the rhythm it
creates . . .
§ Syntax can slow pace, quicken pace, add emotion, and make emphasis
§ The longer the sentence, the sleepier the reader.
§ Syntax can wake up readers, and make them pay attention.
§ Syntax can help create intentional pauses.
§ Syntax can clue the reader into what is important.
§ Syntax—the rhythm of sentences—is very important to younger readers, though they may not even notice it. (They will feel it.)
§ Picture book writers must be the strongest at syntax.