I am not surprised that among emanilapoetry contributors, there are those who like to experiment with grammar in their posts. After all, there is the impression that, of various genres of creative writing, poetry gives the writer a license to write in a language, form or structure that he or she pleases.
Unfortunately, creative writing is mistaken for a license to dispense and ignore good grammar and correct spelling. Especially these days where most writings are done online and Twitter- and Facebook-based communication is popular, some writers tend to think that good grammar and correct spelling are already things of the past.
Look at e.e. cummings, they say. Cummings who had given traditional grammar the so-called proverbial finger had been known to have dispensed with all capital letters, and had become sort of what I call the “father of lower-cased poetry.” He also appeared to have started poetry punctuated in random-walk pattern. What if Cummings adopted a conventional style? Perhaps, the world had not taken notice of him.
But even Cummings did not ignore good grammar and correct spelling. Yes, he played around with structure and punctuations, but not good grammar and correct spelling.
At emanilapoetry, except for the layout of our webpage as well as the site’s typography, we can see nothing that should prevent members from experimenting with their posts. But before experimenting, let us make sure we know the rules of good grammar.
Let us remember: Lack of knowledge of grammar rules cannot be hidden in poetry, experimental or otherwise.
We still like to view poetry as an area which requires writer’s knowledge of grammar and spelling. Lack of knowledge of grammar will show in the writer’s poems – as being amateurish. And as we all know, the present, or rather a mistake not corrected now, has a tendency to haunt us down in the future.
So, here is the point: Aside from spelling, make sure that before you experiment, you have a good grounding of the rules of grammar. As they say: “Learn how to walk first, before you start running.”