Occasionally, however, he breaks the pattern, as in “I don’t think we should insist that the poet is normal or, for that matter, that anybody is.” That “I don’t think” is odd in context; he could have phrased it more impersonally: “We should not (or must not) insist that the poet is normal.” Paradoxically, explicitly mentioning what he thinks or believes makes him sound less sure, the belief more shaky.This works in speech too: “I believe it is raining” does not mean “I can say with complete conviction that it is raining,” a level of conviction analogous to, say, “I believe in God” or “I believe in freedom.” Instead, colloquially, “I believe” is a hedge that allows some doubt; it means “I’m pretty sure it’s raining.” Several years after I wrote it, I have a strange relationship with my own pseudo-.
Example – In this developmental pattern, you will provide and describe an example of a particular subject or group.
Cause and Effect – With this developmental pattern, you will illustrate the relationship between to variables, one dependent on the other.
is “definition.” But I reject the armchair linguist’s inclination to use etymology as argument.
In spirit and in use, an aphorism is not a definition, but something more like an essay, an attempt to define.
Conversely, if the professor wants an especially lengthy essay, do not choose too narrow of a topic so that it becomes difficult to fill up the pages with information.
There are a variety of ways to develop a custom expository essay, just as there is a variety of ways to convey information.Further, you can like (or “favorite”) an aphorism even if you disagree, or aren’t sure you agree.“RT ≠ endorsement,” as many Twitter bios attest, but nor does a favorite.Some tweets, of course, aspire to literal, factual truth — those that report on science or the news, for example.But others are more like essays or poems or novels which can’t, fundamentally, be true or not true; it’s a category error.The following are just a few examples of the developmental patterns you can adopt for your own essay: Definition – This may be the most straightforward of the developmental patterns.As its name suggests, you will simply use the expository essay to thoroughly define a topic.I became fully committed to hating Goodreads while reading some of the early reviews of my second book, a poetry-prose hybrid (but prose, not poetry, by my own definition; it’s marked on the back as ESSAY/LITERATURE) that is full of aphorisms.Several of these reviews included statements like “While I like the philosophical ramblings, and love the brevity of the collection itself, I found myself disagreeing with many of her postulations.” My internal response to the above review in particular was, in a variation on Amy Poehler’s now-anthemic line “I don’t fucking care if you like it,” .I filled it with assertions and overt ideas as a kind of overcorrection for what I saw as a lack of assertions and ideas in poetry.The fiction writer Mike Meginnis said on Twitter recently, speaking generally but especially of political speech: “We would rather make no sense and mean nothing than be wrong.” This is very close to the thinking that led me, in a kind of self-dare, to write a book of statements that, unlike most lines of poetry, might be wrong. ) it’s the ones I do agree with that stick with me, like “Contentment isn’t happiness.” And the confessions, the lines I threw in, for contrast, that are not aphoristic at all, that are true in what philosophers call the contingent sense—they are true, but it could have been otherwise: “I regret the mistakes I made in my 20s, though I am the same, and would make them again.