Instruction for Grammarians

Maybe for contest judges too. Ezra Pound offers these thoughts on writing and the importance of language in ABC of Reading. Do you think his ideas hold up if you substitute speaking for writing?

A people that grows accustomed to sloppy writing is a people in process of losing grip on its empire and on itself. And this looseness and blowsiness is not anything as simple and scandalous as abrupt and disordered syntax.

It concerns the relation of expression to meaning. Abrupt and disordered syntax can be at times very honest, and an elaborately constructed sentence can be at times merely an elaborate camouflage.

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