Three Line Tales: Nonfiction – Of Encyclopedias and Great Poets #amwritingnonfiction #3LineTales


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In university, most professors agree that encyclopedias are not proper scholarly sources, but they work well as background information; to discover facts that require further support. Old books waft certain aromas, a headiness, but also a mustiness, an acrid reminder of the past and all the knowledge these encyclopedias contain; knowledge judged inaccurate and unreliable alone.

I was studying the poet Samual Taylor Coleridge, and I paused, thinking if in the academic ‘encyclopedia’ of my Literary Criticism textbook, Coleridge’s writing was valid and acclaimed by modern peers, or if he too spouted words too many scholars scoff at and ignore; does his literary criticism require more validation — the answer is simple, nothing can be read at face value, not even the musings of great poets.


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8 thoughts on “Three Line Tales: Nonfiction – Of Encyclopedias and Great Poets #amwritingnonfiction #3LineTales”

    1. No worries. Thanks JR. I heard back from Amazon. They are looking into it & it will take a few days. I asked to rewrite my reviews. Have a great weekend. I hope the book is doing well regardless 🙂

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  1. I wrote a sentence somewhat like this on FB. My niece challenged me by asking me why that was not a run-on sentence; run-on sentences are not grammatically correct. I responded acknowledging that she had a valid question. I thought I had written an acceptable sentence because it was properly punctuated. That is a tricky issue with compound/complex sentences. You did it admirably. 😀

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    1. I know. Sometimes with 3 Line Tales I cheat. But usually with semi-colons you can use it as long as the the sentence after is short and related to the sentence before. I cheated on length with this, but it’s related. But typically, you can use a semicolon and it often works better than an extra comma. It has to be a full sentence after the first sentence, not a few words that aren’t complete. I did not learn how to use semi colons until 4th year university & many writing courses. In school they usually avoid them, they’re complex to understand. The other place you use them is listing multiple items or descriptive items in a sequence. Creative writing also works outside English grammar. In poetry for example, we decide when we want a pause larger than a comma, but not a full stop like a period, by using a semi-colon. A lot of people use them as tattoos for overcoming mental illness as it means the author could have chosen to end the sentence, but chose to continue it instead.
      Those would be my thoughts 🙂 Thanks Oneta!

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