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what makes a great sentence?

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File:Pilgrim's Progress map small.JPG

a fold out map from an early edition of Pilgrim’s Progress

Stanley Fish speaks of memorable sentences in his new book, ‘How to Write a Sentence and How to Read One.’

What is it about great sentences that makes them great?  Do they not draw you in, carry you to a mountain and drop you at its foot such that you wonder what it might be like to climb up and up to see more?

Here is a great sentence from John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress:

Now he had not run far from his own door, but his Wife and Children, perceiving it, began to cry after him to return;

but the Man out his fingers in his ears, and ran on,

crying Life!


Eternal Life!


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