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March Forth, English Teachers (A Sonnet in Honor of National Grammar Day, March 4th)

March 4, 2012

To conquer bad grammar in ev’ry class

and banish poor syntax in all the land;

to vanquish weak usage both mild and crass,

march forth, English teachers, and take a stand.

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In spite of bad test scores that may be found

on tests that downplay our most basic skills,

Toward a much higher goal we are bound,

march forth, English teachers, and steel your wills.

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Text messages and those damned Facebook posts

ignoring all rules that we taught them well;

the errors disturbing the great bards’ ghosts;

march forth, English teachers, and give them hell.

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Let’s purify language from South to North;

Restore proper English! Teachers, march forth!

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