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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.
Detectives Beyond Borders
"Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"
June 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

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