Delving in with Reed-Kellogg Sentence Diagrams

Delving in with Diagrams

The feature in which I

  • arbitrarily pick some work of fiction–which could be a story, book, poem, song, TV show, movie, whatevs.
  • give a quick synopsis of same.
  • find an important quotation and explain its significance.
  • diagram the sentence.
  • tell why the structure of the sentence fits with the theme or whatever of the work.

Numbered for your convenience:

  1. Edgar Allan Poe’s “Ligeia”
    With how vast a triumph—with how vivid a delight—with how much of all that is ethereal in hope—did I feel, as she bent over me in studies but little sought—but less known—that delicious vista by slow degrees expanding before me, down whose long, gorgeous, and all untrodden path, I might at length pass onward to the goal of a wisdom too divinely precious not to be forbidden!
  2. Conway Twitty’s “Linda on My Mind”
    Now I’m lying here with Linda on my mind,
    And next to me, my soon-to-be, the one I left behind,
    And, Lord, it’s killing me to see her crying;
    She knows I’m lying here beside her with Linda on my mind.
  3. Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice
    They always continue to grow sufficiently unlike afterwards to have their share of vexation, and it is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life.
  4. The Killers’s “Somebody Told Me”
    Somebody told me
    You had a boyfriend
    Who looked like a girlfriend
    That I had in February of last year.
  5. Emily Dickinson’s “Because I could not stop for Death”
    Since then ’tis centuries, and yet each
    Feels shorter than the day
    I first surmised the horses’ heads
    Were toward eternity.
  6. VLA’s “When I Am Through with You”
    When I am through with you,
    There won’t be anything left.
  7. Battlestar Galactica
    I will use every cannon, every bomb, every bullet, every weapon I have down to my own eyeteeth to end you.
  8. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
    My dear Victor, do not waste your time upon this; it is sad trash.
  9. T.S. Eliot’s “The Hollow Men”
    This is the way the world ends
    Not with a bang but a whimper.
  10. Alan Jackson’s “Mercury Blues”
    Well, if I had money, tell you what I’d do:
    I’d go downtown and buy a Mercury or two.
  11. Mel Tillis’s “Coca Cola Cowboy”
    And she said, “You’re just a Coca Cola cowboy;
    You got an Eastwood smile and Robert Redford hair,
    But you walked across my heart like it was Texas,
    And you taught me how to say, ‘I just don’t care.’”
  12. Marty Robbins’s “El Paso”
    My love is stronger than my fear of death.
  13. The Carpenters’ “Merry Christmas Darling”
    Holidays are joyful;
    There’s always something new,
    But every day’s a holiday
    When I’m near to you.

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