My senior of High School I took an AP lit class that Orwell would have hated incredibly. It is the best example of using fancy words for no  reason other then to sound intelligent. The example I will use here centers around the word use. We were banned from using use in any of our […]

Sorry Orwell…

March 21, 2013 | Leave a Comment

All throughout high school, writing my own pieces was always a struggle.  I was aware that I was not a very creative writer because I did not have a wide range of descriptive words in my vocabulary.  This led me to using the biggest and most complex words I knew whenever I had the chance.  […]

It is hard to decide what Orwell would say about me as a writer. One of the main things that Orwell didn’t like about english was that people did not always use it to tell the truth or to fully express themselves. Telling the truth and expressing myself is something that I like to think […]

Am I possibly the only one that finds this guy obnoxious (even if it is partly because I know he is not wholly incorrect)?  He presumes to tell me how to write my own works?   Especially after having read his essay “Why I Write” I find his arrogance unpalatable.   He admits that he loved “purple […]

Kill Your Darlings

March 20, 2013 | 3 Comments

After reading Orwell’s rules about what constitutes good writing, I have come to the realization (and not for the first time in my life) that I have a problem with words. Namely, too many of them. I can’t help it sometimes. I just love the way certain words roll off your tongue, the sound of […]

Writing Rhetoric

March 20, 2013 | 1 Comment

Orwell’s “Politics of the English Language” discusses some interesting points of criticism towards writing style. As I was reading his passage, I realized that some of his criticisms are found in my own style of writing. One of the criticisms Orwell mentions that I think can be found in my own writing is “lack of […]

Orwell Would Hate Me

March 20, 2013 | 2 Comments

It is not unlikely that I there is a disjunction between my mode of writing and Orwell’s axioms. He hit the nail on the head when he critiqued writers who egregiously facilitate dispensable vocabulary and integrate dog dead tired colloquialisms and verbiage into their prose. It is certainly not untrue that I frequently violate these rules […]

A Bad Habit

March 19, 2013 | 1 Comment

That’s it! That’s the perfect sentence, and it says exactly what I mean! This is what runs through my mind when I write. My choice of diction. The syntax. It all makes sense to me. But the reaction of the person editing my work is less enthusiastic. I think I have heard the question, “What […]

George Orwell and I have become friends over the past four years. I think I have read his essay “Politics and the English Language,” at least once a year if not once a semester throughout my career as a student in high school and college. It has taken a lot of trial and error, but […]

“In The Waiting Room” by Elizabeth Bishop is a poem that is different from typical poetry. Some could say that there are parts that are written more like a storyline that is simple and straightforward. Not all of the stanzas were as easy to understand though. There were times when I would get confused as […]

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