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Title: A Transition; The Growth Of An Individual Texts Cited: "From Outside, In" By Barbara Mellix "Words Become Us" By Anne E. Imbrie

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Syntax is an arrangement of words that placed in the proper format, conveys a message to the world. It is very easy to type out a sentence, or write a paper based on the tools you are given from your teacher or professor, but to create your own style and "syntactically" arrange them is a whole new ballgame. Not only must one create their own style in writing, but in speaking as well. The arrangement in which you put your words reflect your personality and can boost your place in society, or ruin it. Two authors, Ann E. Imbrie and Barbara Mellix, tell their personal recollection of how their use of words evolved from borrowing to creating. Like a fine wine, syntax requires time, practice, use, age, and creativity to formulate ones own trademark technique."When you don't have words of your own, you can borrow somebody elses..." (Imbrie 1) says Ann E. Imbrie author of "Words Become Us". Her story is one of finding oneself, and the consequences of being unable to. Her past involved Gordon, with whom she shared a passion for words and poetry. It was he who taught her how to take pleasure in other people's words. They both loved and quoted poets from the twelfth century to contemporary times. Imbrie went on to college and furthered her skills in writing, meanwhile Gordon dropped out of Oberlin numerous times before he permanently became the a college dropout. In Vietnam he was to war but he was exemplified from his duties to fight and did community service washing cars for the state. He purchased a little shack where he stayed for most of his lifetime which he remained for long time. When Imbrie finally had the chance to visit him he had been reduced to an absolute failure. A nobody with no hopes, no dreams and no aspirations. He had lost his words as well because syntactically, he had never grown. Imbrie herself had learned to evolve from borrowing ones words to someone who could create and manage her own. Gordon never completed the transition form borrowing to the world of creation. He had lost his ability to even appreciate the words he borrowed. He was "reduced to such bits and pieces, to quips and fragments of quotation, apt enough, perhaps, but tending toward entropy, language unavailable for conversion to energy, words unsuitable for work." When Imbire asked of what he was up to these days, he replied with: "sleeping, eating, (and) washing cars." What had began as a war draft for Gordon ended up as a career. Imbrie however, had found her way to graduate school and gone beyond the "borrowing words boundary". Gordon eventually ended six feet under, committing the deed himself. Nobody ever really understood why, yet Imbries' conclusions were that he had lost his words first, and therefore lost touch with the world. He had pulled away from becoming something, someone, and instead receded into his little windowless ram shack. Figuratively, his home represented his withdrawal from the world, and pulling himself so deep into himself, he lost touch with...

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