This is a beautiful sentence

“Away from fierce, isolated and tiresome, workers are skating freely on the frozen river at night…”

One of my students, who is studying Michael Ondaatje’s In The Skin Of A Lion, wrote this sentence while trying to explain a quote.  I don’t read it in the student’s voice (which still has a trace of a Mandarin accent); I read it in the voice of my high school English teacher, which transcends the grammatical errors.  It allows “fierce” to be a self-explanatory noun; “tiresome” permits the workers to take responsibility for their own existence; the s and f alliteration sounds like winter wind.

I have to take this sentence out of her quote analysis, because Ontario secondary schools don’t permit poetry in literary criticism.

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