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A brilliant command of the language of English
Is likely to make one look very distinguished
Yet crossing your T's, and dotting your I's
Is not what I mean when I give this advice

But a scholarly scholar would have you believe
That to learn a new tongue is to know both of these
That to stammer on grammar or shun punctuation
Is criminal! and has no jus-ti-fi-cation

So before you start facing a steep learning curve
The trick to all language is hidden in words
You need to know roots, and you need to know terms
The prefix, the suffix: the starts and the ends

But surely you say, this cannot be true!
Next line unbeliever: a present for you
You understand this, can and this grasp too!
So clearly the grammar does nothing for you

I'm not saying it's useless, that would be a lie
As I've punctuated almost every line
My grammar's quite good, punctuation is fine
Not to be a prude, but I even rhyme

So my point is, to point out, that neither's the point!
It vexes, perplexes, a lexis disjoint
So rather than asking around "how to say..."
You best learn the words, and how they are made.
This took a while to write, so I got bored of it halfway through... :shrug:
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Rebeccafairy Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that was different. You showed me all these fabulous, fiction type poems and then BAM! This one! XD Okay, all silly randomness aside, I do like this one. I'm learning another language right now, and I am definitely guilty of this. I like how while it is a rather serious poem, it has a few humorous bits. I also like the second line in the last stanza, the way you twisted the words to make it almost like a tongue twister.
However, here you once again have the problem of using words not many people know. You didn't do it as much, but it's there a few times. All in all, I like this one a lot. SO thanks for letting me read it. :)
Mabogunje Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome :) And yes, you are right once again... I think you'll find that in all my poetry really, and I'm still thinking about how to address it. I really like big words :D

Thanks again for your feedback. I always appreciate it. I just gave you a watch as well, so I can keep an eye out for when that next chapter of butter fingers is done. Good luck with all your future work, and feel free to ask if you ever want a second, third, or fourth opinion on your work. All the best :D
Rebeccafairy Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
XD I like big words too! But unfortunately, this generation generally doesn't.

Oh my gosh, thanks! I loved reading some of your pieces, and I wish you the best of luck as well. :)
LoneTaku Dec 18, 2012  Student Writer
I quite enjoy this! It's well written and keeps very well to the topic and flow. ^-^
Mabogunje Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you!!! :D
I'm not really happy with it myself though :(

I wrote it because I wrote a similar poem on another topic that I quite enjoyed writing, and still enjoy reading. So I wanted to re-create the experience here. But this piece stopped being fun to write midway through...

So it's good to know that it was enjoyable for a reader, even if I tire of it.
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