Commonplace Book Reflection

The commonplace book was one of my favorite aspects of the writing and culture class. I believe that the commonplace book provides the best example of my evolution as a writer. First, the topics I chose to write about transitioned from well known songs and quotes, to more obscure lines in books or poems. I chose different sentences to analyze because I wanted to explore the rhetorical value of seemingly insignificant sentences. Through the commonplace book, particularly entry #7, I began to understand the effect that form has on a sentence. I implemented forms that I learned in this class into my writing in all of my classes. The most notable instance of using forms from our class was in my Harlem Renaissance final essay. As a result, the commonplace book forced me to think deeper about both the content I was writing and the effect the form had on the way the content was presented.

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