One of the most effective methods for helping students develop sentence fluency is sentence combining. In sentence combining activities, students combine short sentences into fluid passages. Sentence combining helps students move away from the short, choppy simple sentences of beginning writers toward longer, more complex sentences. These activities can also help students learn to tighten up their sentences and to rearrange them to achieve different effects. Strong (2001) uses sentence-combining activities to study the stylistic choices that professional writers make.
“The world of Poe’s tales is a nightmarish universe. You cross wasted lands, silent, forsaken landscapes where both life and waters stagnate” (Asselineau). However, surprisingly, Poe demonstrates many characteristics of American romantic writers. For one, his stories constantly challenge classic authority, a cornerstone of the American Romantic Movement. His eerie idealism and uncertain description of time and space also tag him as a prime example of a romantic American author. For these reasons, Edgar Allan Poe will forever be remembered as a leader of the American Romantic Movement and one of the greatest authors to ever live.