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Tuesday
Jun242008

The Byronic Dash

"The Byronic poets were all dash," Poe proclaimed in a defense of the dash and its encroaching replacement, the semicolon.  Paul Collins, in his piece, "Has Modern Life Killed the Semicolon?", relates how Poe complained against the oft misused point-virgule, in his "Marginalia" column in Graham's magazine.  I must agree with Poe that semicolons aren't nearly as romantic as dashes.

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These are the materials of my workaday life. I'd say the dash has encroached on the semi-colon's former status as the punctuation mark most favored by writers who wish their work to convey an impression of weighty thought.
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June 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

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